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Auctions to benefit Old Friends Retirement Center and Kentucky Derby Museum

Woodford Reserve introduces two mint julep cups for the Kentucky Derby, one to be auctioned off, left, and the other available for $1,000.
Woodford Reserve introduces two mint julep cups for the Kentucky Derby, one to be auctioned off, left, and the other available for $1,000. Woodford Reserve

Two Kentucky bourbon distilleries are revving up for the Kentucky Derby by holding auctions.

■ Woodford Reserve in Versailles is auctioning nine sterling silver julep cups with a gold-plated medallion hand-engraved with horse and rider from atop the gold Kentucky Derby trophy and set with diamonds.

The cups are up for auction online, with starting bids of $2,000 each.

If that's not enough, there's a "golden opportunity package." Get the No. 1 silver cup plus a chance for you and a guest to present the trophy to the winner of the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the race right before the Derby.

You also get a private tour with five friends of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center with a Hall of Fame jockey, a private tour of Woodford Reserve Distillery with master distiller Chris Morris, and dinner prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel.

The starting bid is $5,000. All proceeds benefit Old Friends in Georgetown.

If you don't win the silver cup, you can buy outright, for $1,000 each, one of 79 individually numbered pewter versions, which come with a gold-plated sipping straw shaped like a Woodford Reserve bourbon bottle and presented in a box made from "the same American oak as Woodford Reserve barrels."

Both versions are available online at Woodfordreservemintjulep.com.

Four Roses Bourbon

■ Four Roses Bourbon in Lawrenceburg is having an auction to 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 their rose-covered memories.

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 Treinen, 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.

The Kentucky Derby will be May 4.

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