A Groom with Nearly No Name – Derby Death Dignified

Ten hours after the 138th Kentucky Derby Guatemalan groom Adan Fabian Perez, 48, was found dead in a stable barn only metres from the trackside where I’d spent the day watching the races.

I left the country the following day, if I’d stayed I’d have helped the Perez family by writing a serious companion piece to the gonzo-lite look I took at American life.

In the end I didn’t have to: in fact, couldn’t have done it any better than this; Johnette Howard’s extraordinarily compassionate piece of sports journalism.

Against all odds, she managed to restore the dignity of Mr Perez’s life in death and for the family he left behind.


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