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Police identify body found at Churchill Downs

A day after the track belonged to the horses, and Kentucky Derby winner "I'll Have Another," police are now racing to find clues about how a man was killed and found on the grounds at Churchill Downs.

The victim has now been identified as Adan Fabian Perez, 48, of Guatemala.

Perez's body was found Sunday morning by a security guard in Barn Number Eight, just a few barns over from the Derby winner.

"Homicide detectives later got to the scene and were able to determine that there is foul play involved; however we still do not have an exact cause of death," said Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for Louisville Metro Police.

With no cause of death and no suspects at this time, investigators are facing long odds in this homicide case.

"Our investigation is ongoing to determine specifically why he would've been at this location and also what would've led to his death."

Many of the stable workers say they know most everyone who works at Churchill Downs, but they say they don't know who this man could be, but the police keep working.

"We're still interviewing people who were there at the stables and also at the barns, people who walk out here, trying to discover his identity as well as what may have possibly led to this," said Smiley.

Mystery continues to hang over the Twin Spires, as some stable workers say the body was found covered in feed bags, but the Louisville Metro Police would not confirm that report.

The Derby winner and his trainers were busy with post-Derby media activities Sunday morning, with little talk of the activity at the barn about 150 yards away.


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