The death of an unidentified Hispanic male at Churchill Downs racetrack, where yesterday’s Kentucky Derby was run, is being treated as a homicide, police said.
Security staff at the racetrack called police at 4:50 a.m. local time today after discovering the body in a barn, a Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman, Alicia Smiley, said in a telephone interview.
“Upon investigation it became clear that foul play was involved,” Smiley said. “It’s an active and ongoing investigation. Our homicide detectives are still at Churchill Downs.”
The deceased wasn’t a jockey or an employee of the racetrack, Smiley said. Police are trying to determine whether he worked for a trainer or other person involved in racing, she said. Investigators don’t know what the motive was for the killing, and are leaving it to the coroner to determine the cause of death.
Autopsy results are expected tomorrow, Smiley said.
The body was found in a barn occupied by a Louisville trainer, Angel Montano Sr., the Associated Press reported, citing Smiley. The barn is about 150 yards (137 meters) from where Derby winner I’ll Have Another is kept, AP said.
I’ll Have Another won the 138th Derby by 1 1/2 lengths. The three-year-old colt came through in the final furlong to pass Bodemeister, who finished second.