UA's Voice of Churchill Downs - Tucson News Now

UA's Voice of Churchill Downs

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The last time Bob Baffert took a horse to the winner's circle at Churchill Downs prior to his win with American Pharoah on Saturday, was 2002 with Warm Emblem.

But he wasn't the only graduate of UA's Race Track Industry Program who was on center stage that May day.

For ten years Luke Kruytbosch was the race announcer at the historic track in Louisville.

He was hired at Churchill Downs in 1999 and called ten Kentucky Derbys before his death of a heart attack in July 2008.

You might have never heard Kruytbosch call the "Run for the Roses" unless you were actually at Churchill Downs. The race is televised by NBC and the network uses its own announcer for the call seen by millions.

Kruytbosch's deep tones however were available to the 170-thousand plus fans on hand inside the venue on raceday.

I spoke with the UA Race Track Industry Program's Doug Reed and Wendy Davis about the legacy that was Luke Kruytbosch.

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