Kentucky bourbon-maker Woodford Reserve is offering a $1,000 mint julep for the 139th Kentucky Derby
















The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby winner Orb






Shug McGaughey ‘s Orb, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, raced to victory in 2 minutes and
2.89 seconds, outrunning Golden Soul in second place and Revolutionary
in third at the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.










Michael Hepworth

HOLLYWOOD(Spiritsman)5/4/13/—Kentucky bourbon-maker Woodford Reserve is offering a $1,000 mint julep for the Kentucky Derby, with the proceeds going to benefit retired racehorses.

If you have a mint to spend on your mint julep this year, a bourbon maker has a way to celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style, and benefit a worthy cause at the same time.

Woodford Reserve of Versailles, Ky., is selling a limited amount of mint juleps priced at $1,000 and more in advance of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Proceeds from the pricey drinks go to Old Friends, a facility for retired racehorses. In the seven previous years that Woodford Reserve has offered the special drinks, it has raised more than $354,000 for various charities.

So what makes a mint julep worth $1,000? Besides the usual concoction of bourbon, spearmint leaves, water and sugar, Woodford Reserve serves it in a sterling silver cup hand-engraved with the date of this year’s Derby and the horse-and-rider image that also adorns the gold Kentucky Derby trophy. A gold-filled garland of roses rounds out the base of the cup, and there is a gold-plated straw for sipping. The cup also comes in a box lined with custom silk and made from the American oak that is used in Woodford Reserve’s bourbon barrels.

The company has had 79 $1,000 drinks for sale online since April 15, and 78 of them have already been sold, according to the website. Customers don’t have to stop at a $1,000 mint julep, either; there also is an online auction for nine “Legendary Cups’’ in which the bidding starts at $2,000.







There also is the “Golden Opportunity,” a cup with a starting bid of $5,000. The highest bidder gets to present the trophy to the winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which precedes the Kentucky Derby race; tours the Old Friends facility with a Hall of Fame jockey, and receives dinner at Woodford’s distillery.

Woodford Reserve

Longines Awards Luxury Timepieces to  Owner, Trainer, and Jockey of Kentucky Derby Winner, Orb Swiss Watchmaking Brand is the Official Watch and Timekeeper
of Kentucky Derby 139 and Entitlement Partner of Longines Kentucky Oaks 139


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