Woodford Reserve charity program honors bourbon’s French connection

VERSAILLES, Ky. (WAVE) - One of the Kentucky Derby’s most distinctive charity programs will honor the connections between Kentucky and France this year.

The Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep™ charity program has created a total of 148 handmade cups in honor of this year’s 148th Derby.

The cups, created by a Louisville-based jeweler, will feature red rubies in the shape of a horseshoe, according to a release.

One side of the cup will feature an engraved thoroughbred, meant to honor Versailles, Kentucky and signify the location of the Woodford Reserve Distillery. The other side will show a nod to Versailles, France, the release said.

“The French connections to Kentucky are significant, from Versailles, the home of our distillery, to Louisville, KY, the city where the Derby is run and which was named after King Louis XVI,” Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris said. “Cheers, or as the French would say “Sante,” to Derby 148.”

Of the 148 cups, 18 of them are gold and will retail for $2,500. The remaining 130 cup are silver and will retail for $1,000. Proceeds will benefit Old Friends Farm, where famous thoroughbreds, including past Derby winners, are sent to retire, the release said.

All purchased cups must be picked up at Churchill Downs on Derby Day at the $1,000 Mint Julep Experience. To buy a cup, click or tap here.

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