LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 4, 2016) – Mayor Greg Fischer and Ocala (Florida) Mayor Kent Guinn today made a friendly wager on the Kentucky Derby, placing Louisville bourbon and Ocala brandy on the line.
The wager has become an annual tradition between the mayors of the two cities, both steeped in thoroughbred tradition.
Fischer’s winning horse is Kentucky-bred Brody’s Cause, trained by Louisville native Dale Romans. Guinn’s horse is Gun Runner, Kentucky-bred and trained by Steven M. Asmussen.
Fischer bet a bottle Old Forester, the Louisville bourbon distilled by Brown-Forman that will be poured by the gallons this week at Churchill Downs and featured in Mint Juleps. Guinn bet Marion Black 106 – the Spirit of Florida Tangerine Brandy, distilled by Fishhawk Spirits of Ocala.
“Derby is all about pageantry and tradition – and this annual bet has become a fun tradition,” Fischer said. “This week, Mayor Guinn and all the citizens of the world become honorary Kentuckians.”