On Saturday legendary Kentucky sportscaster Alan Cutler will sign off for the final time on LEX-18 news. His last week covering sports in Kentucky will be covering his favorite event, the Kentucky Derby.
“I now like covering horse racing better than Kentucky basketball,” Cutler admitted the sacrilege in a 30-minute conversation on the backside of Churchill Downs. “One of the great things about horse racing, in this, the sport of kings…you see millionaires and you see people who have no money. You see people who are making not much money work their tails oft make sure these barns are pristine and looking really good. There are so many characters in horse racing.”
Unlike people in many walks of life, Cutler does not shy away from the fact that he’s excited to retire. He can’t wait to get out of the business and become a “hippie, without the drugs,” but he will miss all of the people who made his time on TV special.
“I’ve met so many wonderful people who have been so nice to me, but about three years ago I started to not want to do this anymore,” Cutler said. “It’s been a great ride.”
Cutler shared stories on the backside about some of those characters. One run-in with D. Wayne Lukas at his barn turned into a profanity-filled romp. He revealed his favorite Derby horse, Strike the Gold. Nick Zito’s horse won the Blue Grass and the Derby in 1991, and that moment in the Winner’s Circle is one Cutler will not soon forget.
That’s a small sample of the many exciting stories Cutler shared on Kentucky Roll Call in his final week as a broadcaster.
Alan Cutler is many things. He’s disruptive, abrasive, loud. Most importantly, he’s a genuinely good human being and a fine broadcaster. The state of Kentucky will not be the same when he signs off for the final time this Saturday.