The donation stems from net proceeds raised during the selling of 89 exclusive $1000 Mint Julep Cups during Kentucky Derby 140.
This is the second year that Woodford Reserve has donated proceeds from its Woodford Reserve $1000 Mint Julep Cup program to Old Friends.
"The support Woodford Reserve has generously bestowed on Old Friends has directly led to the expansion of our Georgetown facility and, more importantly, to the retirement of 26 additional Thoroughbreds including 2010 Breeders' Cup Marathon winner, Eldaafer,” said Michael Blowen, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center president.
“The teaming of this great bourbon and these majestic thoroughbreds, both improving with age, has become a magnet for visitors from around the world. On behalf of our amazing athletes we are eternally grateful to Woodford Reserve for their dedication to all of our Old Friends."
2014 marked the ninth year of the Woodford Reserve $1000 Mint Julep Cup program, with more than $380,000 total raised for equine and humanitarian causes.
“Woodford Reserve is proud to once again be able to support Old Friends from our Derby efforts,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “Through the sale of these cups, we are able to help continue the great care they are receiving at the retirement center.”
Old Friends Retirement Center attracts more than 20,000 visitors a year. Tours are offered daily with reservations required. To schedule a tour, please call (502) 863-1775.
About Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center
Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends cares for more than 130 horses across three states, most of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. They are the only Thoroughbred retirement facility that specializes in accepting stallions and so we take exceptional pride in our pensioned champions. At Old Friends, visitors can hear the stories of the horses while learning about racing and ways to help with Thoroughbred aftercare. To make a contribution supporting Old Friends, please visit http://www.oldfriendsequine.org/.
About Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky - the heart of thoroughbred country. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Korbel California Champagne, Herradura Tequila, Sonoma-Cutrer Wines, Chambord Liqueur, and Tuaca Liqueur. For more information, please visit www.woodfordreserve.com. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly.