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Saturday
May042013

Security Measures Heightened at Kentucky Derby After Boston Bombing

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Reworked security plans have been implemented at a number of upcoming sporting events, including Saturday's Kentucky Derby, in hopes of minimizing the risks of an attack similar to that of the Boston Marathon bombing.

"After Boston, these big events cannot even begin to roll the dice and say, 'Maybe we can skip here or there,'" Good Morning America sports contributor Christine Brennan said. "They've got to go all in and be as strong with their security as they have ever been."

As spectators arrive at Churchill Downs for the famed Kentucky Derby on Saturday, they will have to leave their coolers, cans, and glass bottles behind. While Derby fans' trademark hats are still permissible, snapping photos at the race will only be allowed if the camera doesn't have a detachable lens.

Despite the heightened security measures, it is still possible for individuals to evade stricter rules.

According to an arrest report, a 44-year-old man was able to sneak into Millionaires' Row at Churchill Downs without a ticket on Thursday. He then allegedly sat at a table and threatened to shoot people.

He was later taken into custody. Authorities did not find a weapon on the man.

The Kentucky Derby is not the only event where authorities plan to be vigilant. In preparation for the NBA Playoffs, the league told ABC News in a prepared statement that safety was always a priority.

"We regularly practice a wide range of state of the art security measures in all of our arenas," the NBA said.

Meanwhile, at the Long Island Marathon, authorities will have radiation detectors and police explosives-sniffing dog unit along the course of the race to identify any potential threats.

Only runners will be permitted at the starting line area, only clear bags distributed by the race's organizers will be permitted in bag check, and spectators won't be allowed to bring any bags into the finish line area, according to the marathon's website.

Following the Boston Marathon attacks on April 15, Lou Marcini, director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., told ABC News that security at large sporting events "is very difficult to ensure."

"If I go to a marathon tomorrow, are we going to be completely secure? The answer is probably not," Marciani said. "We'll do the best we can."

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Monday
May072012

Kentucky Derby Death Investigators Watching Surveillance Tapes

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Kentucky investigators are working with Churchill Downs to view surveillance footage that might provide clues about the mysterious death of a Guatemalan groomer hours after the Kentucky Derby.

Louisville homicide detectives identified the man whose injured body was found Sunday morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs a day after the Kentucky Derby as Adan Fabian Perez. Police said Perez, 48, was licensed to work at Churchill Downs since 2008.

Perez's body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in Barn No. 8, four barns away from where I'll Have Another, the horse that won the derby, was kept.

The body was identified by Perez's 19-year-old son, Wilson Deejesus Fabian Perez.

Authorities are working with Churchill Downs to view footage from surveillance cameras in the area, but would not comment on where the cameras were located.

"At this time, a homicide detective is currently interviewing witnesses and individuals who might be involved or have information regarding the case and the medical examiner is doing the autopsy at this time," Lt. Barry Wilkerson of the Louisville Metro Police Department, said Monday at a news conference.

Wilkerson is hoping to complete all witness interviews by Tuesday. Police are using Spanish-speaking officers and interpreters to interview the many Hispanic workers.

Wilkerson also spoke about numerous reported "altercations" leading up to the body's discovery, but would not go into detail about them.

On Sunday, police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told ABC News that authorities had found "evidence of injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in an altercation and that foul play was involved."

Wilkerson would not comment on the body's condition when it was found, but said, "There were some wounds that obviously [make us] suspect foul play was involved and there's some other situation that with the location of the body where it was, it just wasn't a natural event."

Perez was found in the back portion of the barn, not in a stall or with a horse, police said.

Perez worked for horse trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of veteran jockey Calvin Borel. Perez started working for Borel in 2008 as a groomer.

Wilkerson said police have "no suspects at this time."

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Monday
May072012

Body Found at Kentucky Derby Track Identified

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) -- Louisville, Ky., homicide detectives have identified the man whose injured body was found Sunday morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs a day after the Kentucky Derby as Adan Fabian Perez, a 48-year-old from Guatemala.

Perez's body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in Barn No. 8, four barns away from where I'll Have Another, the horse that won the derby, was kept. 

He was identified by his 19-year-old son, Wilson Deejesus Fabian Perez.

Adan Fabian Perez worked for horse trainer Cecil Borel, the brother of veteran jockey Calvin Borel.  Perez started working for Borel in 2008 as a groomer.

"We found evidence of injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in an altercation and that foul play was involved," Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley told ABC News.

The owner of Barn No. 8, Angel Montano, told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV that one of his employees found the body, but Perez didn't work for him and he did not know him.

"The barns themselves have various stalls for the horses," Smiley said.  "He was found in the barn and not in the stall with a horse or anything."

Before the body was identified, police said there was no evidence of a connection to Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is held annually, or the Kentucky Derby, police said.

"We are still trying to determine what led to the incident.  At this point we don't have anything pointing to the fact that this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby itself," said Smiley.

Smiley said police have not named any suspects or made any arrests.

She said authorities are waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death. 

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Sunday
May062012

Kentuck Derby Mystery: Body Found, Cops Say Evidence of Foul Play

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(LOUISVILLE, KY.) -- Louisville, Ky., homicide detectives are investigating the death of a man whose injured body was found this morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs a day after the Kentucky Derby, authorities said.

The body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in Barn No. 8, four barns away from where I'll Have Another, the horse that won the derby, was kept.

"We found evidence of injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in an altercation and that foul play was involved," Louisville Metro Police spokewoman Alicia Smiley told ABCNews.com.

The death is being investigated as a homicide, but there is no evidence of a connection to Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is held annually, or the Kentucky Derby, police said.

"We are still trying to determine what led to the incident. At this point we don't have anything pointing to the fact that this had any association with Churchill Downs or the Derby itself," said Smiley.

Smiley said police have not named any suspects or made any arrests.

Some workers sleep in the backside of Churchill Downs, Smiley said, but she was not sure if anyone was supposed to be in the barn overnight.

Trainer Angel Montano, who works out of Barn No. 8, told ABC News affiliate WHAS-TV in Louisville that one of his employees found the body when he arrived for work.

Smiley said authorities are waiting for an autopsy report to determine the cause of death.

"There are homicide detectives on the scene. They are investigating any type of death regardless of the manner of how it occurred," she said.

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Sunday
May062012

Body Found at Churchill Downs Day After Kentucky Derby

MARK ABRAHAM/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) -- A man’s body was found Sunday morning in one of the barns at Churchill Downs — a day after the Kentucky Derby, authorities said.

The body was discovered just before 5 a.m. in barn no. 8.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said it’s too early to determine if the person died of natural causes.

“At this time we are currently awaiting the coroner so that we can have a specific cause of death. Until then that we are treating it as a death investigation,” Smiley said.

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