Body found at Kentucky Derby track

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Associated Press

UPDATED REPORT: 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky coroner has identified the body of a man found in the stable area of Churchill Downs hours after the Kentucky Derby as a race track worker.

Jo-Ann Farmer of the Jefferson County coroner's office on Sunday identified the victim as 48-year old Adan Fabian Perez, a Guatemala native. Farmer said he was identified by his 19-year-old son, who also works at the track.

Louisville Metro Police say the death is being investigated as a homicide.

Perez' body was found in a barn but authorities say there appears to be no connection to the track.

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

About a week after last year's Derby, jockey Michael Baze's body was found in a vehicle near the stables. His death was ruled an accidental drug overdose.

ORIGINAL REPORT 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Police say a body has been found in thevbackside area at Churchill Downs, a few barns away from where Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another is kept.

Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says authorities were called early Sunday morning to a barn on the backside of the track where the derby took place the night before.

Smiley says police are conducting a death investigation, and a coroner had been called to the scene. She says the body is believed to be a man.

The investigation is under way at barn eight, just four barns away from where I'll Have Another is kept.  About a week after the Kentucky Derby last year, jockey Michael Baze's body was found in a vehicle near the stables at the famed Louisville track. His death was ruled an accidental overdose.

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