In the last 142 years of horse racing history only 13 have achieved the elusive Triple Crown by winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. Until American Pharoah won in 2015, there had been nearly a 30 year drought dating back to 1978. Just three years later in 2018, Justify grabbed the Triple Crown again by winning all three races.
If you have ever been to the Kentucky Derby there are a few things that are guaranteed to be there – horses, cigars, hats and bourbon whiskey. To celebrate Justify’s historic 2017 win, Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky is releasing Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey bottle. For this special release the trademark Maker’s red wax has been replaced with bright green racing colors from WinStar Farm. The entire bottle will be emblazoned in colors of Justify’s green, white and black jockey silks worn in the Kentucky Derby® by Mike Smith. The commemorative bottle not only pays tribute to Justify’s stunning run, but also supports charitable causes.
“Maker’s Mark has always had a strong connection with horse racing,” said Rob Samuels, eighth-generation distiller and Chief Operating Officer of Maker’s Mark Distillery. “Without the support of the thoroughbred industry in the early days when my grandparents created our bourbon, Maker’s Mark simply wouldn’t exist. We’re honored to help grow the sport we love while also commemorating a remarkable achievement in sports history.”
Buy a Justify Bottle, Get a Ticket, Get Your Bottle Signed
Watch the video taken at the 2018 Kentucky Bourbon Affair to to see the crowd erupt as Justify wins the Triple Crown. You’ll also hear Maker’s Mark Master Distiller Denny Potter explain where the proceeds of the bottles sales will go.
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In Triple Crown like fashion, Justify and Maker’s Mark fans will have three opportunities to do their own winning with this latest release.
In the first leg, fans will have an opportunity to purchase a limited edition bottle nationwide starting Friday, October 19, 2018. Suggested retail price for this collectible 1-liter bottle is $59.99.
In the second leg, beginning Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 12:00pm fans will have an opportunity to sign up online at DerbyMuseum.org to purchase a ticket to get their bottle signed. Tickets sales will be limited to the first 1,000 people. Tickets for the bottle signing are $26.50 with $25 of every sale donated to the Derby Museum.
In the final leg of this Triple Crown, fans that scored tickets will go to Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky on Monday, October 29, 2018 between 11:00am to 2:30pm to have their bottle signed by Justify trainer Bob Baffert, Justify jockey Mike Smith, WinStar President/CEO Elliot Walden, and Maker’s Mark 8th-generation Distiller and COO Rob Samuels.
In conjunction with the bottle release, Maker’s Mark and the owners of Justify: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners, will make a significant donation to benefit the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY. The Kentucky Derby Museum is a non-profit organization with an impassioned commitment to engage, educate and excite visitors about the extraordinary experience that is the Kentucky Derby®. Another contribution will also be made to the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund which helps underwrite work on the disease at the University of Kentucky, a cause that is dear to the hearts of the WinStar Farm team.
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Maker’s Mark Limited Edition ‘Justify’ Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey