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Churchill Downs Announcer, 'Voice of the Kentucky Derby' Luke Kruytbosch Dies

Luke Kruytbosch, the announcer at historic Churchill Downs and the “Voice of the Kentucky Derby” since 1999, has died.
 
His body was found Monday morning in an apartment Kruytbosch (pronounced KRITE-boss) was renting in Evansville, Ind.  No official cause of death has been announced, but published reports indicate that it appears that he had died of natural causes.
 

Super Hi-5 A Spring Meet Success, Matrix Bet Test Results Encouraging

(July 11, 2008) – Churchill Downs’ recently concluded Spring Meet was highlighted by memorable performances by equine stars such as “Horse of the Year” Curlin; Big Brown, the winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!

Champion Curlin Departs Churchill Downs For New York And Turf Date In Grade I Man O' War

 

Churchill Downs Incorporated, FHBPA Reach Purse and Slots Agreements at Calder Race Course

Officials of Churchill Downs Incorporated (“Company” or “CDI”) (NASDAQ: CHDN) and representatives of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“FHBPA”) have come to agreements on a 2008 purse contract at Calder Race Course and on a slots contract for when the track begins slots operations on a yet-to-be-determined date.

Curlin Breezes Easy Half-Mile on Main Track; Eyes Turf Debut On Saturday

Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs on Monday in preparation for what trainer Steve Asmussen plans as the colt's debut on turf this weekend.

Curlin Breezes Easy Half-Mile on Main Track; Eyes Turf Debut On Saturday

Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin worked an easy half-mile over the main track at Churchill Downs on Monday in preparation for what trainer Steve Asmussen plans as the colt's debut on turf this weekend.

Albarado Earns First Churchill Downs Riding Title; Amoss, Ramseys Take Trainer/Owner Titles

Jockey Robby Albarado, a finalist for last year's Eclipse Award as America's leading jockey who ranks seventh among the all-time riding leaders at Churchill Downs, earned his first "leading rider" title under the historic Twin Spires as the home of the Kentucky Derby wrapped up its 52-day Spring Meet on Sunday, July 6. 

Genuine Devotion Goes Wire To Wire In Locust Grove Handicap

(July 6, 2008) – James Barry’s Genuine Devotion took the lead out of the gate under Alan Garcia and then held off a late bid from Pin Oak Stable’s Brownie Points by a half-length to win the 27th running of the $171,750 Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares at a mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Down

With Career Milestone In Pocket, Borel Looks To A Calm Summer

As usual, Calvin Borel went about his business Sunday morning with a smile on his face.

Working horses for his brother Cecil, Borel was back at it with a milestone victory in his back pocket: career victory No. 4,500.

Screen Your Friend’s Bashford Manor Win Gives Borel Milestone

Calvin Borel became the 34th jockey in North American racing to reach the 4,500-win plateau when he guided William Carl’s Screen Your Friend to a 1 ¼-length victory over a fast-closing Lyin’ Heart in the 107th running of the $164,550 Bashford Manor Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs. 

$4,232 Pick 6 Carryover for Sunday At Churchill Downs

(July 5, 2008) There’s a $4,232 Pick 6 carryover for Sunday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs after no one had the perfect sequence Saturday. 

Thorn Song, Einstein Check Out Well After Firecracker

Zayat Stables' Thorn Song and Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green, Lessee's Einstein, the one-two finishers in Friday's $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII), were reported to be doing well Saturday morning by their connections.

Thorn Song Sticks Einstein In Firecracker At Churchill Downs

(July 4, 2008) – Thorn Song led every step of the away and upset odds-on favorite Einstein by one length in Friday’s $213,250 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.

Champion Wait a While Bound for Saratoga's Grade I Diana

Arindel Farm's Wait a While, who has not run since winning the San Gorgonio Handicap (GII) on Jan. 14 at Santa Anita, is headed to Saratoga for the July 26 Diana Handicap (GI) at a mile and an eighth on the turf according to Mike McCarthy, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher.

$10,665 Pick 6 Carryover on Friday at Churchill Downs

There’s a $10,664.79 Pick 6 carryover for Friday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs after no one had the perfect sequence Thursday. 

Vanquisher Vanquishes Turf Foes at Churchill Downs

Kinsman Stable’s Vanquisher made his Churchill Downs turf debut a successful one by rallying to collar pace-setting Petion Station just yards from the finish line to win Thursday afternoon’s $47,400 main attraction for 3-year-olds and up by a neck.

Graded Stakes Winners Head Churchill's Closing-Day Locust Grove 'Cap

Three graded stakes winners – Brownie Points, Bayou’s Lassie and Meribel – headline a field of 10 entered Thursday for the 27th running of the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (Grade III), a one-mile event on the Matt Winn Turf Course for fillies and mares and the centerpiece of Sunday’s closing day card of the 52-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.

Pitts Looking For Holiday Weekend Stakes Sweep

Trainer Helen Pitts was already looking to have an explosive Fourth of July holiday weekend with her stable star Einstein headed for Friday’s Firecracker Handicap (GII). An added bonus could come in Sunday’s one-mile Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) with Meribel. 

Asmussen Saddles Pair in Search of Back-to-Back Bashford Manor Wins

Trainer Steve Asmussen will be gunning for back-to-back victories in Churchill Downs’ $150,000-added Bashford Manor Stakes (Grade III) when he sends out two of the eight horses entered in Saturday’s 107th running of the six-furlong test for 2-year-olds on the main track.

Coach Ryan Takes Farrell Classic at Churchill Downs

(July 2, 2008) – Coach Ryan, owned by Rick Pitino’s partnership Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock, took advantage of an early speed duel to rally from off the pace to win Wednesday afternoon’s $43,100 Gerald R. Farrell Classic for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs by a widening 2 ¾ lengths over The Darp.