Maker’s Mark® Commemorative Zenyatta Bottle Benefits Old Friends

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 29, 2016) – Continuing its collaboration to raise funds for important causes, the Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® announced today that Old Friends Farm, home to some of the most popular retired Thoroughbred race horses, has been named the official charity beneficiary of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
The Breeders’ Cup, the most prestigious international two-day event, consisting of 13 races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held on November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.
Fans can contribute to Old Friends and receive a Maker’s Mark® limited edition commemorative Zenyatta bottle, the first and only female horse to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, by making a donation and attending the Championships for Charity celebration on November 2 in Arcadia, Calif.

This year, Ann and Jerry Moss, owners of Zenyatta during her racing career, worked with both Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® in selecting Old Friends as the beneficiary of the 2016 bottle program.  

Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® have collaborated on a three-year program offering a limited-edition, five-bottle collection featuring a few of the most legendary Champions in Breeders’ Cup history. Each bottle pays tribute with a customized design and signature from each Champion’s connections. In the first year of the program, Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark® offered fans the opportunity to donate towards the first three limited-edition commemorative bottles of Breeders’ Cup Champions A.P. Indy, Lure and Personal Ensign. In 2017, a limited-edition commemorative Maker’s Mark® bottle of Cigar will be offered.

To support Old Friends, fans can reserve a bottle at by making a $400 donation to receive a 2016 Maker’s Mark® limited-edition commemorative Zenyatta bottle. Once the donation has been made, those donors can collect their bottles at Arcadia Night: Salute to Zenyatta, which will take place on Wednesday, November 2 at the Gold Line Plaza, in Arcadia. In addition to collecting the commemorative bottle, the evening will include live music, local food trucks and signature Breeders’ Cup cocktails, among other special amenities. 

“In conjunction with Maker’s Mark, we are very proud that Old Friends Farm, represented by the passion and dedication of Michael Blowen, is our chartable beneficiary this year,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO, Craig Fravel. “We recognize the importance as an industry of taking care of retired racehorses after they have given so much to us during their racing careers. We also look forward to many fans of Thoroughbred racing supporting this worthy cause with their donations to receive a commemorative bottle of Zenyatta, one of our greatest and most popular champions.”

Breeders’ Cup Champions Alphabet Soup (1996 Classic), Eldaafer (2010 Marathon) and Amazombie (2011 Sprint) are in residence at Old Friends

“We are flattered and grateful to have been chosen by Jerry and Ann Moss, as well as Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark, for this prestigious campaign,” said Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, which is based in Georgetown, Ky. “The Mosses have been strong supporters of this organization almost since its inception, and we are so proud to be working with them on this remarkable tribute to the remarkable Zenyatta,” Blowen continued. “The impact this contribution will have on our retirees will be invaluable, and we just can’t thank everyone enough.”

“Maker’s Mark has always had a strong connection to the thoroughbred racing community, and we’re excited to continue that relationship with this exclusive charitable program,” said Rob Samuels, 8thgeneration whisky producer and COO of Maker’s Mark. “The organization at Old Friends has a terrific mission and one that we’re proud to support, specifically with these Zenyatta commemorative bottles that capture the beauty of horse racing and the deliciousness of Maker’s Mark Bourbon.”
About Old Friends Farm

Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 160 retired racehorses. It’s Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, KY, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has two satellite facilities: Old Friends at Cabin Creek in Greenfield Center, N.Y., and Old Friends at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, KY. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at (502) 863-1775 or see their website at

About Maker’s Mark® & Maker’s Mark® Bourbon

In 1954, at a small Victorian distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, Bill Samuels, Sr., fulfilled his dream to create a pioneering handmade bourbon that, for the first time, would appeal both to bourbon and to non-bourbon drinkers alike, that tasted good and exemplified good taste, and wouldn’t “blow your ears off,” which was the measure by which bourbons were judged at the time. He decided to make his whisky in small-batches of 19 barrels, developed a proprietary barrel char to enhance the softness and sweetness of his whisky, and then rotated each barrel by hand to ensure exposure to consistent temperatures throughout the warehouse, and, ultimately, he aged each barrel to taste. Bill Samuels, Sr., unknowingly and unintentionally, fired the shot that started the Bourbon Revolution, and transformed bourbon from a “commodity” into a premium handcrafted spirit, giving rise to the modern era of bourbon. Today, Maker’s Mark® continues to make its bourbon the same way Bill Samuels, Sr., did 60 years ago, in small batches by craftsmen who hand-dip each bottle. In 2010, in tribute to his father’s spirit of innovation, Bill Samuels, Jr., unveiled Maker’s 46®, a totally new bourbon that reflects the distinct character of Maker’s Mark® but has a bigger, bolder and complex taste without any hint of bitterness. In 2014, a limited 375ml bottling of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength, which is Maker’s Mark- uncut and unaltered, was released to select markets. The limited launch of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength generated tremendous enthusiasm and positive feedback, prompting a nationwide introduction of 750ml bottles in 2015. Maker’s Mark® Bourbon (45% alc./vol.), Maker’s 46R (47% alc./vol.) and Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength™ Bourbon Whisky, (54%-57% alc./vol.) are distilled, aged and bottled by the Maker’s Mark Distillery, Inc., in Loretto, Kentucky. In 1980, the distillery was designated a National Historic Landmark, becoming the first distillery in America to be so recognized, and has also been decreed as the “world’s oldest operating bourbon whisky distillery” by Guinness World Records®. The Maker’s Mark Distillery is one of the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. For more information, please visit the Maker’s Mark® website (
About Breeders’ Cup 
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 13 grade I races and purses and awards totaling $28 million, will be held November 4-5 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup Web site, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.


  1. Dear Team Z:

    Love the logo on the bottle. Great way to help horses. Love and Hugs, JB

    1. It is so pretty. Kudos to the graphics folks! Right On!

  2. beautyfull Zenny i like ears face and mane, stout guinness in bottle ? :-) :-) , Coz quietly and not quickly recover health and legs, by natural way parts of body usually recover in two three months, weather will be more cool, course will be more soft, Coz and Zi sleep in deep soft straw, slowly drink enough amount of clean water, eat green light hay apples, lil lower amount of oats some days after quick breeze, pears sweet potato carrot juice, walk on air with Mario, have bath, care of neck back legs hooves health, in 2010 weather were more nice, grass were more green and more taste :-( :-) , google ” youtube Medaglia d’Oro 2009 leading second crop sire “

  3. beautyfull Zenny do all quietly and not quickly, walk on air with Vixana, have bath, eat apples, say to Vixana too, beautyfull Zenny Zi Coz and mates stay comfy and cozy eat apples care of health kiss your soft noses, lil 16z, lil 14z filly Dubai im remembering you

  4. Her Majesty the Queen,Prince Philip,Prime minister David Cameron and others have led the nation in tribute to the fallen at the Battle of the Somme 100yrs ago tomorrow.Her Majesty laid a wreath of red roses and bay leaves on the tomb of the unknown warrior at Westminster Abbey.An all night vigil will take place and by the monument at Thiepval .There are inscribed the names of 72,000 unknown soldiers from the UK and the commonwealth.We can only imagine what those young men felt tonight,some as young as 16,as they prepared for battle.By tomorrow 19,240 British soldiers were dead the bloodiest day in British military history.By the end of the battle in November over a million had died or were injured.We lost the best young generation in 2 World wars.It was as a tribute to them I voted to leave the EU.Their deaths must never be in vain they gave their lives without thought only out of loyalty to King and country and commonwealth.Warrior the war horse fought with the Canadian Cavalry throughout much of the war and became known as”the horse the Germans couldn’t shoot”He returned home and went on to live to the grand age of 33yrs.Tomorrow there will be a service to remember all the dead attended by Royalty, Presidents and Prime ministers.Ordinary men became extraordinary that day.We lost too much.RIP brave lads.LEST WE FORGET.Sheena
    “They shall not grow old
    As we that are left grow old,
    age shall not weary them
    Nor the years condemn.
    In the going down of the sun
    and in the morning.
    We WILL remember them.

    1. Sheena,
      Beautiful tribute. Have to admit I was not aware of this battle. Thanks for the history lesson.

      1. My pleasure.The Somme will never be forgotten in the UK or France.Sheena

        1. Dear Sheena:

          Beautiful remembrance. RIP. Goodnight. Love and Hugs, JB, LM, PC, HT, Cap, Herc, Frank, Bentley and all the Sweeties

    2. Dear Sheena,

      This is such a lovely tribute. You have moved me to tears with your writing. I only know of the Battle of the Somme through history, but I do remember that this war was the turning point of how wars were to be fought. Such huge sacrifice! We must always remember these brave souls and all of those who fought for our freedom and safety.

      Thank you, dear friend, for reminding us of these important touchstones. Rest in Peace, brave warriors all.

      Hugs and Love

      1. Dear Marshall.Thank you for your kind words.As you know I am very proud of our little Island.I will never forget the men,women children and animals who have died to keep our country free.They will rest in peace forever because they valued our way of life and paid the ultimate sacrifice.Treasure your independence.Love and hugs Sheena.

  5. Dear Beautiful Z, COZ, ZI and DC:

    Stay cool and comfy. Happy Dreams. Love you. Hugs, JB

    Z Princess, Dubai, Baby Z, will always love you.

  6. Dear Judy.My heartiest congratulations to Hudson.The service tonight at the Abbey was very simple but moving.Kate,Will and Harry are over in France and The Prince of Wales plus the Duchess of Cornwall will be joining them tomorrow.I can’t wait to see the ringing video .Goodnight God bless you LM PC HT Cap Hercules Frank Bentley and all the sweeties.Love and hugs SheenaX

  7. We visIted Old Friends a few years ago and fell in love with everyone. God bless the Mosses for continuing to have Zenny support this organization.

  8. July 1 Cherokee Devotional




    The woods, rich from well-spaced rainfall, make almost solid shade so that nothing gets enough sunshine. The shade garden thrives from this unusual season and the hostas, caladiums, and elephant ears are in their glory. The ferns would like a little more light-which will come as the season advances. Light is so important to nature and to us humans. Seeing the sunshine on a hilltop or on a field of bright orange flowers gives us a spurt of energy because we are seeing life.
    Sometimes when the sun is getting low in the west and seems unable to reach anything, an amazing event occurs: something begins to glow down in the dark woods. A shaft of sunlight has found an opening in the foliage and a tree glows as though from within. So it is with each of us. When we are inwardly lighted, we are greatly improved.

    I don’t want to settle. I love to roam over the prairies. There I feel free and happy, but when we settle down we grow pale and die.
    -Satanta, Kiowa

  9. Sorry I am lateI have been watching the service at Thiepval.Very moving tribute to those who were lost this very sad day on the battlefield of the Somme.
    Hovis is,of course,very excited about going to Your horse is Alive and is hoping you might come and visit.EAM paid a visit this week and he has a new assistant a Lady!She attended to Hovis’s teeth and he always behaves very well unlike the ginger drama Queens! Safe trips to all horses and jockeys this weekend.Sheena

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Thanks for Hovis. Sounds like he’s had a pretty upbeat week. Safe trips to all horses and jockeys.

  10. Meet Ceri and Tegid what a difference in size!The egg has been sent to Sheffield University for analysis but they were so well behaved!Sheena.

  11. Dear Kathy.I always get lost in your devotionals.I have sent you some links of the Somme tributes.My morning just disappeared watching and events are taking place over the UK.We have a great sense of history over here and long may it continue,It also happens to be the 800th anniversary of King John’s death this October(he,of Magna Carta fame).Great news from Carl Hovis’s friend Uthopia stays with him but his new owner wants to stay anonymous.The news came just in time for Carl’s birthday.Thank God Uti’s future is secure.I hadn’t been visiting his FB the last few days but saw the news in H&H yesterday.Hovis might meet Charlotte whats-her-name.He begs peeps to come for his mother’s sake!Larry’s twitter followers are rising and Palmerston the foreign office cat also has an account he is known as diplomog and he has caught some mice!Did you see Milo’s video and they have new fridge magnets supporting Mr Fibbs.Zoe looked cute in her little cart.Marvellous video of the ringing such a difference in size.We pronounce Ceri with a hard ‘C’ like a ‘K’.Better weather here today but still raining at Wimbledon.Our big match tonight Wales playing Belgium for a place in the Euro semis.Have a great Friday.Love and hugs to you,kisses for Angel Holly,Nikko and Sugar.SheenaXOXO

    1. Dear Sheena,

      Yes, I found the links. Thank you! Profoundly moving. Nearly 60,000 dead in one day boggles the mind. I know what you mean about the morning disappearing. Whenever there is extended coverage the time really flies, as you say. King John…800 years. Amazing! Glad to know Uthopia stays with Carl! Wonderful birthday present! I hope Hovis has a good time, come what may. That’s good Larry is getting more Twitter followers. Good for Palmerston on his account AND the mice! I did see Milo’s video. They played very catchy music on it! I might order some of the fridge magnets. Love Zoe’s little cart. She is a doll. Lots of personality plus! Enjoy Wimbledon! Good luck, Wales! Happy Friday! Love and hugs from me, kisses from Angel Holly, Nikko and Sugar. Kathy XOXO

  12. Remembering our beloved Diana,Princess of Wales, on her 55th birthday today.RIP Sheena

  13. Dear Sheena,

    That doesn’t seem possible. She will be forever young in our memories. Gone way to soon. May she rest in peace. Hugs, Kathy

  14. Wishing all our Canadian friends a lovely, happy Canada Day!

    Hugs and Love

  15. Dear Judy, B.,

    Big Congratulations to Hudson T.!!
    Well done, beautiful girl, you rock! Thanks for the news, JB.

    Hugs and Love

  16. There’s a Friday surprise – a new post with lots of photos of Zenny getting new shoes (no news, though).