Updated on 05/10/2012 1:07PM

Churchill Downs: Dead groom may have been involved in one of several Derby night altercations

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission
Adan Perez was found dead on the Churchill Downs backstretch early Sunday morning.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Metro Police said at a Monday news conference that they have no suspects in the case of the Guatemalan man whose body was found early Sunday morning in a Churchill Downs barn just hours after the Kentucky Derby was run, but that they suspect he may have been involved in one of several altercations that took place in the stable area in the Derby aftermath.

Lt. Barry Wilkerson said police expect an autopsy performed Monday on Adan Fabian Perez, 48, to confirm that he was murdered. Homicide detectives have been investigating the case since the body was found in Barn 8 early Sunday.

Wilkerson said Perez might not have been involved in any of the altercations but that detectives have been conducting interviews to determine whether he was. Wilkerson said detectives believe the murder occurred in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Perez was a groom who had been working for trainer Cecil Borel and lived in backstretch housing. He had been licensed with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission since 2008. His body was found shortly before 5 a.m. Eastern on Sunday and was identified later in the day by Perez’s 19-year-old son, who also has been working in the stable area at Churchill.

There is no apparent connection to Churchill or the Derby, and track spokesman John Asher said no changes in security procedures have been ordered, given that the incident is an isolated one.

Timothy TJ Trahey More than 1 year ago
Probably alcohol involved some drunk.
Stuart More than 1 year ago
The son found the body? How sad... Give Asher a break. That would cost money...(I am being tongue in cheek, Robert B.)!
Cardell Bouie Sr. More than 1 year ago
Why ? ..... Every One is going to Die- one Day. Now the perpetrator or perpetrators will have live with "Adan Perez" Blood on there hands...Best way to wash it off is to come forward. His some son doesn't know what happen...sad.
Robert Beard More than 1 year ago
There is a murderer running loose on the world's most famous racetrack and track spokesman John Asher says no changes in security procedures have been ordered. This is an outrageous statement. I can think of one thing they absolutely need to do and that is to have a camera at every barn entrance so security can see who comes and goes at all times. If they had a camera I'll bet this murder would have been solved by now and they also need a camera for the protection of the horses as well - some of these horses cost millions. Churchill needs to rethink there position on this matter in my opinion.
stewie More than 1 year ago
should check his pockets, maybe he bet i'll have?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All the illegals they hire? Just because someone isn't American by birth doesn't make them illegal. You have zero proof Churchill hires illegals. They are hard working people trying to earn a living.
Christine Race More than 1 year ago
very sad...prayers and comfort to the family if they ever do see this...
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Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
Sad story in the aftermath of a record setting KY Derby. Sympathies to his family and friends.
Kim Matson More than 1 year ago
RIP Adan Perez our thoughts and prayers to family and friends!!