Monday, March 15, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 15, 2010 . . . The Maker's Mark bottle commemorating the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park and honoring the 1990 World Series champion Cincinnati Reds will go on sale Friday, March 19. The limited edition bottle is the seventh in a series marking Turfway's Kentucky Derby prep race. At Turfway to sign bottles on the day of the race will be Eric Davis and Chris Sabo, key members of the 1990 team.
Maker's Mark is producing an unprecedented 8,000 of these commemorative bottles, the most since the series started in 2004. The bottles will retail for about $24 depending on the retail outlet. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.
The 2010 bottle pays tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Reds' wire-to-wire season and stunning four-game World Series sweep of the Oakland A's. The label of the 375 ml bottle features the famous photo, taken by then director of publicity Jon Braude, of the champions celebrating on the field. The bottle is hand-numbered and dipped in red wax.
The bottle signing is from 8am to 11am at Turfway Park, Gate B, on the morning of the Lane’s End Stakes, Saturday, March 27. Maker’s Mark will distribute 400 free tickets on a first come-first served basis, one ticket per person, to persons 21 years and older. Each ticketholder may bring two of the 2010 bottles to be autographed. Only the 2010 bottle will be signed.
On Thursday, March 25, as part of the bottle introduction, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum will host a grand opening celebration of its new exhibit: 1990 – A Celebration of the 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds. Reds Hall of Famers and select members of the 1990 team will be in attendance.
The Grade II Lane's End Stakes is a 1 1/8-mile race for Thoroughbreds aiming for the Kentucky Derby. With its $500,000 purse, the race virtually guarantees the winner a spot in the Derby field, which is limited to 20 starters. This year marks the 39th running of the Lane’s End Stakes.
The Lane's End Stakes is sponsored by Lane's End of Versailles, Kentucky, one of the world's leading Thoroughbred operations and first among North America's stud farms for 10 years, seven consecutively. The farm stands such influential stallions as A. P. Indy, Smart Strike, Kingmambo, and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin. Lane's End is owned by William S. Farish, former United States ambassador to the Court of St. James's. Farish was honored earlier this year with the Eclipse Award of Merit for outstanding lifetime achievement in the Thoroughbred industry.
Previously, Maker's Mark bottles commemorating the Lane's End Stakes have benefited the Cris Collinsworth ProScan Foundation; the Oscar and Yvonne Robertson Family Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation; the Reds Community Fund and One Way Farm on behalf of Marty Brennaman and Joe Nuxhall, respectively; the Johnny Bench Scholarship Fund and Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum; and the Boomer Esiason Foundation.