His colleagues and friends in the horse racing industry are mourning the death of Luke Kruytbosch. The track announcer at Churchill Downs and several other venues was found dead Monday in his Evansville, Indiana apartment. A coroner says the death appeared to be cardiac-related.
The 47-year-old came to Churchill Downs in 1999 and called the last ten Kentucky Derbys.
Track spokesperson John Asher says racing was more than a job to Kruytbosch.
“He was a gregarious guy that really loved to have a good time, he loved life he loved to celebrate after the races as much as enjoy the races in the afternoon. But he was in his element most when he was calling thoroughbred racing,” says Asher.
Kruytbosch also called racing at Ellis Park, Kentucky Downs and Turf Paradise in Phoenix. He’s survived by his father and a sister.