Four Roses to host Derby auction in Lexington

jpatton1@herald-leader.comApril 16, 2013 

Lift a glass of Four Roses Bourbon and raise money for the Kentucky Derby Museum.

The museum will host an "It's My Derby" auction at Fasig-Tipton in Lexington, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday.

Kentucky Derby-winning trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Jack Van Berg, , Michael Matz and Todd Pletcher, and Derby-winning jockey Gary Stevens will share memories of what that rose-covered moment is like from the winner's circle.

They also will give fans an opportunity to share one of their own: Derby Week experiences with trainers and jockeys will be auctioned off to benefit the museum at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

Have brunch at Lukas' house in Louisville and see all his trophies, or have dinner with jockey Mike Smith at Jeff Ruby's restaurant, or watch Matz's horses work at Keeneland with the trainer.

Or get even closer to the race itself with box seats for six at the 2013 Kentucky Oaks and Derby.

"It's the most successful fundraiser for the museum in the last three years," said Wendy Treiner, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Derby Museum. This is the first time the auction has been held in Lexington; previous events in Louisville were tied to Breeders' Cup races.

Event information and tickets ($50) are available online at Derbymuseum.org.

For $150, you can get in to the Four Roses VIP reception, with open bar, food and bourbon tastings.

All ticket holders are entered in a drawing for a Four Roses Bourbon bottle signed by all attending Derby winners.

Janet Patton: (859) 231-3264. Twitter: @janetpattonhl.

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