Last Call for Luke Kruytbosch, Churchill Announcer

I’m just floored.  Kruytbosch was a great caller, good voice, always got the crowd excited.  I looked forward to hearing him each time I went to the track, like I looked forward to the genuine mint julips.  He was only 46.  Just yesterday, I was listening to him call the Ellis Park races on TVG, and Mom said, “He sounds familiar!”  I said, yep, he called the races in Kentucky.  Here’s his call of this year’s Humana Distaff, featuring 2favorites, Hystericalady and Intagaroo:

Even worse, this probably mean Mike Battaglia will be calling for Churchill in the fall.  Gahh…



Filed under Churchill Downs, obituary

3 responses to “Last Call for Luke Kruytbosch, Churchill Announcer

  1. Frank Randolph

    Horseracing lost a once in a lifetime Great Luke Kruytbosch. I lost a ounce in a lifetime friend. He was so talented at calling the ponys that if you had been blind or had your eyes closed America could always see the race! He just painted you a picture in your mind a true artist at race calling and at being a great friend. America will miss you Lucas and so will I.God got himself a great one rest in peace my friend!

  2. Bob Petrone

    They don’t come any better than Luke… as a professional and as a friend. In an industry that recognizes and applauds class Luke was a standout.
    Luke made friends everywhere he worked and race fans that never even met him felt a kinship and bond just through hearing him call and describe the thousands and thousands of contests he called.
    He will be sorely missed but ever more appreciated as time goes on as race fans and others of his profession measure his greatness
    in his abscence.

  3. Luke. Goodbye from Ruidoso. You had solid
    New Mexico friends from the day you danced
    into the land of enchantment. Thanks for the
    great times and crafty racecalls all over the
    state and especially here in Ruidoso. Give
    Laz Barrera a swift kick for me when he’s
    done getting some coin off St. Peter’s offering
    plate !

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