- Spirits maker Woodford Reserve will sell a $1,000 mint julep at the Derby this year.
The sweet cocktail will be made this year with one of the state's finest bourbons and served in a gold-plated cup with a silver straw to the first 50 people willing to put down the cash.It’s all for a great cause - proceeds will be sent by Churchill Downs to the NJ-based Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. No word from YUM! Brands on whether they will offer a $1000 platinum bucket of KFC.
Mint from Morocco, ice from the Arctic Circle and sugar from the South Pacific are added luxuries that will put the drink in a class of its own, the distillery selling the premium drink said. [Lexington Herald-Reader]
- Does Dan Hendricks sound just a little confident about Brother Derek?
"I hate to say it -- and I don't want to sound like I'm bragging -- but he seemed to handle that race like a workout….He wasn't breathing hard right after the race, and he has been bouncing around in his stall.- Todd Pletcher has ruled out My Golden Song from the Derby; not so for Keyed Entry. "At the end of the day, I don't think he ran that bad a race…..Maybe with some adjustments -- slowing him down a little bit, a different surface -- who knows?” [Brisnet.com] I touted the colt here for the Wood, but I can no longer argue with those who say he can't get the distance. By the way, Bob and John was given a 99 Beyer for the win, which, given the fact that it was the only two-turn distance race of the day, is probably nothing more than an educated guess.
"Right now, this all feels good. I could not imagine having a better scenario unless we had Secretariat." [Albany Times-Union]
- Veteran columnist Jerry Izenberg also noticed that flood of late money that came in on Sweetnorthernsaint in the last two minutes, knocking him down from 2-1 to 6-5.
Those wagers set off more blinking lights than a corner candy store pinball machine.I couldn’t believe it when they showed the odds on him during the race; I was thinking he'd gone off as the second choice. He earned a 109 Beyer for the race, the highest two-turn number for a three-year old this year. This is one serious Derby contender, I think. And another one from a relatively obscure sire – Sweetsouthernsaint (Saint Ballado) stands in Florida for a fee of just $3500, which I imagine will be going up. He was unbeaten in three starts at two, ran only once at three, a third to Cape Town in the Holy Bull, and twice more at four before being retired.
Whoever dumped that money down wasn't an amateur. And they weren't wrong. [NJ Star Ledger]
- David Cassidy's Mayan King, briefly on the Derby trail last year before being injured, made his first start since that time a winning one at the Big A on Saturday, paying $19.20.