LORETTO, Ky. — The Triple Crown remains one of the most sought-after and elusive achievements in thoroughbred racing, yet one that Justify accomplished in 2018 by overcoming stiff competition and challenging weather conditions to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. As Justify takes his place among the greatest racehorses of all time, Maker’s Mark is excited to celebrate his accomplishments with the release of a limited-edition commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle that not only pays tribute to Justify’s stunning run, but also supports charitable causes.
The limited-edition Maker’s Mark Justify bottle will be available at select locations nationwide beginning this fall. Suggested retail price for this collectible 1-liter bottle, which will be emblazoned in colors of Justify’s green, white and black jockey silks worn in the Kentucky Derby by Mike Smith, is $59.99. Check local retailers for availability.
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. Another contribution will 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.
“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.”
A signing event for the commemorative bottle will be held at the Kentucky Derby Museum during the week before the Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs this fall. Details will be announced at a later date.