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Just as it has for the past 137 years, Churchill Downs Racetrack will once again host the "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" as it presents the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 5, 2012. For those fans unable to attend the event in person, Churchill Downs offers www.KentuckyDerbyParty.com, its official online resource for planning and hosting the most authentic Kentucky Derby party experience. Merv Huber from Churchill Downs explains the steps fans can take to register for the "Bring the Derby Home!" Sweepstakes presented by Woodford Reserve bourbon.
The grand prize has been enhanced so that one lucky winner will enjoy a prize package which includes a catered Derby Party for 40 of his or her closest friends, 47" Toshiba Flat Screen TV, official Kentucky Derby 138 party supplies and a Derby outfit for the host provided by vineyard vines®, the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby. The total prize package is valued at almost $5,000. The deadline is Thursday, April 26th!
The highly interactive site lets visitors register their Derby parties and manage their invitations and RSVPs through a free online party planning tool. A must see Photo Gallery features pictures of every phase of springtime's most glamorous and extravagant party from celebrities on the Red Carpet to delicious cuisine on Millionaire's Row; from inside the beautifully appointed Finish Line Suites to outside in the sometimes raucous Infield; from the hallmark hats to the well-appointed heels; it's all there to see.
One new feature of the 2012 site is party planning tips provided by experts in their field to assist in planning the most authentic Kentucky Derby Party. Among others, Tim Laird of Brown-Forman will serve up some signature cocktail suggestions for party planners; Chef Jo-Jo Doyle of Churchill Downs will dish out culinary tips ranging from recipes to cuisine presentation advice; vineyard vines® will blog their best fashion advice; and Jill Byrne, racing analyst at Churchill Downs, will keep party planners up to date on all of the action happening on the racetrack and how to handicap for the big day.
All U.S. residents (excluding CA) at least 21 years of age who register their Derby Party before April 26 will be entered in the exciting "Bring the Derby Home!" Sweepstakes and eligible to win:
47" Toshiba flat screen television
Catering for 40
Full Bar Set (bar tools & glassware)
Official Derby 138 Party Décor and Party Supplies
Official Kentucky Derby Artwork Print
vineyard vines® outfit for the host
Taxi vouchers up to $250
The $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands is a 1 ¼-mile classic for 3-year old Thoroughbreds and the first leg of the prestigious and popular Triple Crown series. A record 164,858 fans attended the Derby last year and an additional 14.5 million viewed it on NBC Sports. For racing information, including top contenders, prep races, and event history as well as entertainment and lifestyle sections, fans can go to www.KentuckyDerby.com and www.KentuckyOaks.com.
Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.ChurchillDowns.com .
Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel's, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve, visit www.WoodfordReserve.com.