When something the world has been anticipating for 37 years finally happens it’s kind of a big deal. No horse had won the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978 until a Bay colored horse named American Pharoah came along in 2015. Not only did American Pharoah win the Triple Crown but he also became the first horse ever to win horse racing’s fabled Grand Slam. By sweeping the Kentucky Derby®, the Preakness Stakes®, the Belmont Stakes® and the Breeders’ Cup® Classic, American Pharoah established himself as one of the greatest racehorses in history.
To help celebrate the achievement, Maker’s Mark has introduced a limited-edition American Pharoah commemorative bottle. The traditional Maker’s Mark hand-dipped red wax has been replaced by American Pharoah blue wax. It’s not available everywhere, check the map below to locate a bottle. To further mark the occasion, Maker’s Mark and the Zayat family will also make a donation benefiting the Kentucky Derby Museum. The Kentucky Derby Museum is a non-profit organization with an impassioned commitment to engage, educate and excite everyone on the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby.
Limited Edition Hand Dipped American Pharoah Blue
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Endorsed and supported by American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat, the bottle features the now-legendary blue and yellow silks of Zayat Stables. “American Pharoah proved to an entire generation of racing fans that the impossible can be achieved,” said Zayat. “It was a joy for us to race him each and every time he took the track, and we thank Maker’s Mark for their fitting tribute to this once-in-a-lifetime racehorse.”
Visit American Pharoah at Coolmore Farms
If you want to see American Pharoah in person, you can visit Coolmoor’s Ashford Stud Farms. Call ahead because tours often sell out. Guided tours are also available via companies like Mint Julep Tours. They offer an exclusive “Champions Horse Tour” that starts at Churchill Downs Kentucky Derby Museum then it’s off to Versailles, Ky to visit American Pharoah up close and in person.
“Maker’s Mark has always had a strong connection with horse racing,” said Rob Samuels, Chief Operating Officer of Maker’s Mark Distillery. “Without the support of the thoroughbred industry in the early days of our brand, Maker’s Mark simply wouldn’t exist. We’re honored to help grow the sport we love while also commemorating one of the most remarkable achievements in sports history.”
The limited-edition Maker’s Mark American Pharoah bottle will be available at select locations nationwide beginning on May 1st, 2016. Suggested retail price is $74.99.