During Kentucky Derby season, it’s tradition to drink at least one Mint Julep – the official Kentucky Derby Live beverage of the storied event.On Monday, Woodford Reserve – the official bourbon of Churchill Downs – unveiled a $1,000 Mint Julep cup. That’s right – the cup is $1,000, not to mention what goes inside.
The 12th annual Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale features a total of 105 cups. Each cup is presented in a silk “purse” inspired by the “purse” of winnings given to the victors of a horse race, and features a British inspired mint julep recipe crafted by Woodford Reserve Global Brand Ambassador Tom Vernon, according to its website.
The julep consists of traditional British ingredients including Earl grey English tea bitters with a unique garnish of mint, baby’s breath and dried blue cornflowers.Of the 105 cups, 15 are gold-plated “Royal Cups,” accompanied by a silver Woodford Reserve sipping straw. The Royal Cup is available for $2,500.The cups are handcrafted by Louisville-based jeweler From the Vault and each is adorned with embellishments representative of this year’s theme. Three horses in stride adorn the cup, inspired by British photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s famous “The Horse in Motion” filmstrip which was the first proof that all four hooves leave the ground at a gallop, according to a news release.
Net proceeds from the 2017 edition of the Kentucky Derby Live Stream Mint Julep Cup sale will benefit The Kentucky Derby Museum in support of its efforts to preserve the history and traditions of the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville, Ky (LEX 18) Woodford Reserve revealed its $1,000 Mint Julep Cup on Monday.
It is available at the Kentucky Derby benefiting the Kentucky Derby Museum.
Woodford Reserve says the 2017 Cup pays tribute to the British-inspired Kentucky Derby offering a quintessential julep crafted by Woodford Reserve Global Ambassador, Tom Vernon. This year’s cup, recipe, and experience are all presented under the theme: The Sport of Kings… and Queen(s).
In 1872, Churchill Downs founder Meriwether Lewis Clark attended the Epsom Derby in England. The popular horse race is attended by British royalty and high society. Upon returning to the states, he modeled the Kentucky Derby after the Epsom Derby. The julep features traditional British ingredients with a unique garnish of mint, baby’s breath and edible, dehydrated blue cornflowers representative of both sides of the Atlantic.
“Woodford Reserve is honored to bring together two of Kentucky’s greatest traditions once again through our $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program,” said Mark Bacon, Woodford Reserve Global Brand Director. “We’re proud to honor the rich history of the Kentucky Derby with a premium celebration through our $1,000 Mint Julep Cup experience.” “In addition to the horses, the cups also feature three additional sterling silver embellishments,” said Graham Newton, From the Vault Jeweler. “A crown representing the rich history of the British-inspired Derby; a rose as an ode to the “Run for the Roses” and a horseshoe providing each cup buyer with an extra stroke of luck. Together, these details create a trilogy of flight around the cup as horse and jockey pass a crown, rose, and horseshoe on the way.”
The $1,000 cups feature 18 karat yellow gold over the sterling silver horse and riders, the crown, rose and horseshoe. The $2,500 cups are gold-plated sterling silver with a 24 karat heavy reliquary quality gold plating, with a striking contrast of high polished sterling silver detail.
Each year, Woodford Reserve selects a charitable organization to receive the net proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sales. This year’s receiving charity is not-for-profit Kentucky Derby Museum.
“The Kentucky Derby Museum is honored by the support from Woodford Reserve and the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program. At the heart of our mission, we are dedicated to celebrating the long-standing history and tradition of the Kentucky Derby, just as this year’s special cup design exemplifies,” said Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Museum President and CEO. Churchill Downs Racetrack today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Harry Connick, Jr. will sing our national anthem at the 143rd Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
The multiple Grammy and Emmy award-winning entertainer and host and executive producer of his own nationally syndicated entertainment show HARRY, will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” live for more than 160,000 fans at the Kentucky Derby. The performance will take place in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle just after 5:00 p.m. EDT and be broadcast live as part of NBC’s Kentucky Derby coverage.“We are excited for Harry Connick, Jr. to perform our national anthem for the millions of Derby fans across the globe,” said Kevin Flanery, President of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “He’s one of the finest entertainers in the world and his performance will help make 2017 another great year at the Kentucky Derby.”
In 1995, a horse that won graded stakes in Florida while prepping for the Triple Crown ran out of the trifecta in the Blue Grass Stakes after running wide for most of the race. That horse was assistant-trained by Todd Pletcher. His name was Thunder Gulch, and he would go on to win the Kentucky Derby at odds of 24-1.
In 2017, a horse than won a graded stake in Florida while prepping for the Triple Crown ran out of the trifecta in the Blue Grass Stakes after running wide for most of the race. That horse is trained by Todd Pletcher. His name is Tapwrit, and he will go on to run in the Kentucky Derby….although probably NOT at odds of 24-1.
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I don’t think Tapwrit was primed, ready, and cranked up to win the Blue Grass. Yes, he had trouble. But for the most part, he just looked flat in a race that he simply did not need to win. I strongly suspect we will see a much more competitive Tapwrit at Churchill Downs in four weeks. If you liked him before the Blue Grass, you should not abandon ship now. As for the other Blue Grass contenders, I don’t see any of them making it into the key slots on my Derby wagers.
Speaking of 1995, I think Irap is likely to be more Wild Syn than Lion Heart, which is to say I don’t see him in the Kentucky Derby trifecta. Practical Joke ran just fine and I appreciate the fact that he’s a dual-Grade I winner, but he seems to never be quite good enough when going around two turns. I won’t talk anyone out of betting J Boys Echo in the Derby, but it’s been a long time since wintering in New York was a recipe for Derby success, so I won’t be using him. Which brings me to McCraken …Tell me the last time a horse missed Kentucky Derby 2017 training and went on to win the Derby. He had a bump-of-unknown-severity in the road, and had he come back and romped or even run especially well at Keeneland, perhaps I’d be willing to overlook his troubles and use him on my tickets. But he was flat when he needed to be anything but, and I prefer Tapwrit from the Blue Grass runners as a result.
It looked to me like Iliad was poised to pounce turning for home in the Santa Anita Derby. It didn’t happen. He does not want to go that far, and I suspect we will not see him in the Kentucky Derby. As someone who wagered very heavily on him in Pool 3 of the Future Wager, I am immensely disappointed in his performance. We all knew distance was a potential issue for him, and those of us who supported him hoped he’d answer the question affirmatively and that his talent would win the day. Oh well.
As for the remainder of the Santa Anita Derby field, from my perspective it’s hard to find much to be enthusiastic about. Any time you see so many horses so close together at the wire, it’s fair to question the quality of the race. I don’t see any of this bunch thriving at the Derby distance. That’s not to say one of them can’t win, but I’d like to meet the man who wagers heavily on anybody from this race with confidence.
As for the Wood Memorial, I need more time to think about it. The only opinion I have at this point is that Cloud Computing needed to show me more given all the history he’s up against. He seemed to be life and death to hold 3rd and I can’t help but think his connections were hoping for more.Now, on to the Arkansas Derby. There is an expected contender in there Kentucky Derby 2017 Live that I am really starting to warm up to as my Derby longshot. We’ll talk about him later this week.