05/06/2012 12:38PM

Churchill Downs: Police investigate death in barn area

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Barbara D. Livingston
The Louisville Metro Police Department investigates the death of a man whose body was found in the Churchill Downs barn area on Sunday morning.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Homicide detectives from the Louisville Metro Police Department opened a death investigation Sunday after a man’s body was discovered in Barn 8 in the Churchill Downs stable area just before 5 a.m. Eastern, some 10 hours after the 138th Kentucky Derby was run.

Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said the identity of the dead man was being withheld pending a coroner’s report and notification of kin. He was of Hispanic descent, but no further details were available for release, she added. Smiley said it is possible that the man died of natural causes, but that foul play was suspected and the death is being treated as a homicide.

The Associated Press reported that there is no apparent connection to Churchill or the Derby. The barn in question has housed horses trained by Angel Montano Sr. for years. Montano told police one of his employees found the body when he arrived for work. The barn is located next to the backstretch near the 4 1/2-furlong pole and is just a few barns away from where the Derby winner, I’ll Have Another, has been stabled at Churchill.

Lori Schwartz More than 1 year ago
No connection to the Derby or Churchill...outside of being found dead the morning after the Derby in a barn on Churchill Downs property!
Darien Francis More than 1 year ago
Saying he is Hispanic is irrelevant if it turns out to be a fact
Michael Ho More than 1 year ago
To much drinking on cinco de mayo
pathagan More than 1 year ago
He was a groom for trainer Cecil Borel
raymond More than 1 year ago
The poor guy, what a shame. Why is it that they said he was Hispanic, do they treat these kind of things differently because of that. What if he was Greek or Italian or French or Russian or any other, like Black? Ever ask yourself that question? Does the color of your skin really make a difference? Who says the police can determine if he was Hispanic or not, ? Isn't that profiling? Maybe he was an American? Aren't we all Americans here in the USA? Maybe his mother was Spanish and his Father was Caucasian. So does'nt that make him caucasian?
RickMarciniak More than 1 year ago
Because the guy was an hispanic descent. That's all the info that was released about the victim. You're making a mountain out of a molehill on this race issue. Would you be shocked if he was a Black Russian? Relax. Hopefully the detectives will be able to solve this case.
jaialaiusa More than 1 year ago
I don't find the fact that they mentioned he was Hispanic unusual,the reporter was probably told he was Hispanic and out of courtesy that is all they could say now.
Demetri More than 1 year ago
It is not unusual that Hispanics are working with racehorses or associated with horse riding and racing. Therefore, considering the enviornment, saying the discovered dead man appeared Hispanic would not have been unusual or beyond the Pale of logical reasoning. Many years ago, he may have been Irish or some other immigrant nationality. Let us face it, for the greater good; the USA is the great melting pot for all nationalities.
LUIS More than 1 year ago
Of course not all Americans are in USA, I'm American since I live in Canada as well as those in Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, etc. America is large, from north to south, east to west and all living in are Americans. America was named the CONTINENT, not one country.
Michael Ho More than 1 year ago
They think he is hispanic because he died at the barn area. And I heard a lot of the racetrack barn workers are hispanic.
Roy Sankar More than 1 year ago
that is a ignorant response ...grow up buddy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
get off this site and go back to watching CNN