Hard to believe that it was 7 years ago today that the great Luke Kruytbosch passed away. He was easily one of the kindest and most fun people I ever had the pleasure to meet. You know how people often say after someone dies “he made you feel like the most important person in the room”? Well I said that about Luke both before and after his passing. Ask just about anyone in racing about Luke and they will have a Luke story. Everyone loved him. EVERYONE.
I remember the first time I met him at Turf Paradise and said I just wanted to shake his hand. He invited me up to his booth and I got to watch him at work for half the card. I’ll never forget watching him and as they were on the far turn he let out a slow and deliberate “Winding around the farrrrr turrn” and I watched his eyes zoom down to his program as he said it. I realized that one of his signature lines was really a tool for him to go to his program real quick and check the names of the leaders before he started saying them. I asked him about that and he said “You learn to cheat when you can,” and smiled.
He was the best. Just the best. I miss him alot. RIP Luke