- - Sunday, May 6, 2012

LOUISVILLE — The discovery of a man’s body Sunday in the stable area of Churchill Downs was being investigated as a homicide, but there appears to be no connection to the race track or the Kentucky Derby, police said.

“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 Alicia Smiley, spokeswoman for the Louisville police. “We are still investigating at the stables and at the barn.” She said the police are trying to determine the man’s identity and how he died.

Ms. Smiley said the death is being investigated as a homicide.

“He did sustain injuries that lead us to believe he was involved in some type of altercation,” Ms. Smiley said.

“Our investigation is ongoing as to why he would have specifically been at this location.”

Churchill Downs security called police at 4:50 a.m., Ms. Smiley said. The body was found at the back of a barn occupied by Louisville trainer Angel Montano Sr.

Mr. Montano did not have a horse running Saturday either in the undercard or the Derby, which saw a record attendance of more than 165,000.


Gorilla gets jaw surgery after scuffle at zoo

OMAHA — If things were a little bananas at the Nebraska Medical Center this weekend, it might be because of a special patient who needed jaw surgery.

A 27-year-old silverback gorilla named Motuba was brought in Saturday for a CT scan after a scuffle with another gorilla. Doug Armstrong, director of animal health at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, said the zoo can’t perform the scan.

Motuba is among four silverbacks that socialize together at the zoo. Mr. Armstrong said Motuba and one of the younger gorillas apparently got into a physical confrontation that left the older gorilla with a fractured jaw that pushed three of his teeth outward.

Mr. Amstrong said surgery was done to remove a piece of bone and the askew teeth.


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