Published on April 27th, 2020

Off to the races..we mean your living room

The Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 crisis. This will be the first time since 1945, that the Derby has not taken place on the first Saturday in May and the third time in history that it is not running in May. Not to worry, the iconic race is still scheduled to run this year, on September 5th.

We can now celebrate the 146th Derby twice this year. Just because the horses will not be racing this Saturday does not mean we can’t celebrate the tradition. How fun would it be to dress up at home, make a mint julep and watch Churchill Down’s Virtual Kentucky Derby At Home?

We have a feeling this year’s Woodford Reserve Derby Commemorative bottle will be an extra special bottle to collect. In years to come, when we look back on this crisis as a bad dream, we can share our experiences with a glass of bourbon.. It is remarkable how a bottle of bourbon can be collected and used as a conversation piece or a time portal.

The bottle was designed by Louisville artist, Richard Sullivan, a former Atlanta Braves baseball player. Woodford Reserve describes the label as, “Sullivan’s stunning watercolor image is of thoroughbreds as they thunder toward the finish line, with the famed Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in the background.”

Other Derby Collector’s Items Available:

The official glass of the 2020 Kentucky Derby celebrating the 146th run for the roses, licensed by Churchill Downs: Suggested price $7. DEP’s Price. $5.59! Shop Now

The official glass of the 2020 Kentucky Derby celebrating the 146th run for the roses: Suggested price $7. DEP’s Price. $5.59! Shop Now

Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs Rock Glass, $6.99 Shop Now

Pack of 18 Plastic Kentucky Derby Cups, $5.99 – Pack of 8 Kentucky Derby Cups, $4.99 Shop Now

Limited Edition Woodford Reserve 750ml with complimentary copper cup, Regular price $40.99, On Sale $33.98 – You save $7! Shop now

(Online item does not show the copper cup, all orders placed now until May 2nd will receive the limited edition gift pack)


Things to do on May 2nd to celebrate the Derby

  1. Dress to the nines and have an at home Derby party or virtual party with friends.
  2. Watch Youtube videos of past races.
  3. Watch the movie Secretariat.
  4. Bet on virtual horse racing through KY Derby at Home
  5. Perfect your Mint Julep and Oak Lily recipes
  6. Come up with your own horse names and perform your own foot race.
  7. Learn how to bet on horses.
  8. Whip up southern comfort food associated with horse racing: Kentucky Burgoo, southern grits or specialty popcorn
  9. Research all of the horse’s stats for September’s race.
  10. See what old Derby horse winners are doing now

Join the Kentucky Derby’s virtual Derby Day, which will be an interactive experience using social media.  Check out their facebook page to see a full list of scheduled events and times. Let’s celebrate together by tagging our Derby day at home with the hashtag #KYDerbyAtHome