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Horse named after Breonna Taylor and owned by her family attorney wins pre-Kentucky Derby race


A horse named after Breonna Taylor and owned by her family’s attorney won a prestigious pre-Kentucky Derby race at Churchill Downs on Thursday. 

Breonna, a three-year-old filly owned by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar and his wife Janelle, was a decisive winner in wet conditions during the six-furlong race on Thursday.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by police executing a no-knock warrant in March 2020.

Aguiar’s wife Janelle said naming the horse after Breonna Taylor was a way of keeping her name in the spotlight. 

CNN affiliate WAVE  reported that Aguiar watched 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: ‘Any 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 at Churchill Downs on 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 Thursday. The horse is owned by the Taylor family attorney

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by police executing a no-knock warrant in March 2020

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by police executing a no-knock warrant in March 2020

The wife of Breonna Taylor's family attorney Janelle Aguiar said she wanted to name the horse Breonna to keep her name in the spotlight

The wife of Breonna Taylor’s family attorney Janelle Aguiar said she wanted to name the horse Breonna to keep her name in the spotlight

The couple owns about 20 horses through JS Stables, LLC — a thoroughbred racing operation. They said it was the most thrilling victory of Breonna’s blossoming career. 

On Saturday afternoon, Medina Spirit stormed to victory in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday to deliver trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh win in the Run for the Roses.

The horse is owned by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar and his wife Janelle

The horse is owned by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar and his wife Janelle

Under jockey John Velazquez, Medina Spirit jumped to an early lead and fended off challenges down the stretch to cross the line first in front of 51,838 fans in the largest U.S. sporting event since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

The win was Hall of Fame jockey Velazquez’s fourth in the Triple Crown race, which returned to its usual first Saturday in May spot on the sporting calendar having been pushed to September last year due to the pandemic.

Jockey John Velazquez earned his fourth Derby victory on Saturday aboard the dark brown colt that was purchased 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 a no-knock warrant was approved. 

No drugs were found at her home. 

Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was there at the time, fired his gun once, saying later that he feared an intruder was entering the apartment.

One officer was struck, and he and two other officers fired 32 shots into the apartment, striking Taylor five times. 

Aguiar and other attorneys negotiated a $12 million settlement in September with the city of Louisville over Taylor’s death.

Officer Brett Hankison, who was fired from the Louisville Police Department following the raid on March 13, 2020, has pleaded not guilty to three felony counts of wanton endangerment.

Policing in Louisville, Kentucky, will undergo a sweeping Justice Department probe, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday.

It will focus on whether the Louisville Metro Police Department has a pattern of using unreasonable force, including against people engaging in peaceful activities, and also will examine whether the department conducts unconstitutional stops, searches and seizures, and execution of search warrants, Garland said. 



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