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$1,000 Mint Julep honors 50th anniversary of Kentucky Derby's first female jockey

Posted at 3:57 PM, Aug 03, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program will celebrate 50 years since Jockey Diane Crump became the first female to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

Crump rode Fathom in the 1970 Derby. The thoroughbred finished 15th, and Crump remains involved in the horse industry while living in Virginia.

A total of 146 julep cups, celebrating Derby 146, will go on sale on Monday, August 3. Cups numbered 1-25 are gold-plated (and sell for $2,500 each) while cups 26-146 are silver-plated (and sell for $1,000).

Due to COVID-19, the cups will be sent directly to consumers. Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris will conduct a virtual julep experience on Derby Day, which has been postponed this year to Saturday, September 5, 2020.

Proceeds from the cup sales will be donated in Crump's honor to the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.

Diane Crump Blackberry Mint Julep

  • 2 oz. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • 1 barspoon Blackberry Preserves
  • 1 barspoon Simple Syrup
  • Mint Bitters
  • Fresh Blackberries and Mint Sprigs, for garnish
  • Crushed Ice

At the bottom of the julep cup mix 1 bar spoon of blackberry preserves and 1 bar spoon of simple syrup. Add 2 - 4 dashes of mint bitters. Fill two-thirds of cup with crushed ice. Add sipping straw and Woodford Reserve Bourbon. Top off cup with more crushed ice (packed in). Top with fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint to garnish. Put the mint near the straw, so the smell enhances each sip. Enjoy!

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