A horse named after Breonna Taylor and owned by her family’s attorney won a prestigious pre-Kentucky Derby race in Churchill Downs on Thursday.
Breonna, a three-year-old filly owned by Taylor family lawyer Sam Aguiar and his wife Janelle, was a decisive winner in wet conditions at the six furlong race on Thursday.
Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by police who issued an arrest warrant in March 2020.
Aguiar’s wife, Janelle, said naming the horse after Breonna Taylor was one way to keep her name in the spotlight.
CNN partner GOLF reported that Aguiar was watching the race at his office with Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer.
“The horse is resilient and beautiful,” Aguiar told the station.
Wife Janelle wrote on Facebook: “Every time we win a horse race is exciting.
‘But it takes it to a new level when you name your horse Breonna in honor of #BreonnaTaylor, the horse wins in Churchill Downs during Derby week, and you hear so many people #SayHerName’.
Breonna, a three-year-old horse named after Breonna Taylor, won a race at Churchill Downs on Thursday. The horse is owned by the Taylor family attorney
Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and murdered by police who issued an arrest warrant in March 2020.
The wife of Janelle Aguiar, Breonna Taylor’s family attorney, said she wanted to name the horse Breonna to keep her name in the spotlight
The couple own about 20 horses through JS Stables, LLC – a thoroughbred racing operation. They said it was the most exciting win of Breonna’s booming career.
On Saturday afternoon, Medina Spirit stormed to victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday to give trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh victory in the Run for the Roses.
The horse is owned by Taylor family lawyer Sam Aguiar and his wife Janelle
Under jockey John Velazquez, Medina Spirit jumped to an early lead and fended off challenges to cross the line first in front of 51,838 fans in the biggest U.S. sporting event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The win marked Hall of Fame jockey Velazquez’s fourth in the Triple Crown race, who returned to his usual first Saturday in May spot on the sports calendar after being rescheduled to September last year due to the pandemic.
Jockey John Velazquez took his fourth Derby victory on Saturday aboard the dark brown foal that was bought as a yearling for $ 1,000 and cost current owner Amr Zedan $ 35,000.
The raid on Taylor’s home was part of a narcotics investigation for which an arrest warrant was approved.
No drugs were found at her house.
Her friend Kenneth Walker, who was there at the time, fired his gun once and later said he feared an intruder might enter the apartment.
An officer was hit and he and two other officers fired 32 shots into the apartment, hitting Taylor five times.
Aguiar and other attorneys negotiated a $ 12 million settlement with the city of Louisville over Taylor’s death in September.
Agent Brett Hankison, who was fired by Louisville police after the March 13, 2020 raid, has pleaded not guilty to three felonies of willful threat.
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, will undergo a sweeping probe from the Justice Department, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday.
It will address whether the Louisville Police Department has a pattern of using unreasonable force, including against those engaged in peaceful activities, and will also investigate whether the department is conducting unconstitutional arrests, searches and seizures, and executing warrants. Garland said.