Breeders’ Cup Announces Special Guest for Thursday’s Cocktails & Conversation Broadcast
This Week’s Virtual Cocktail Hour will Feature Hall of Fame Jockey Angel Cordero Jr.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 27, 2020) — The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, announces Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr. as the special guest for this week’s installment of Cocktails & Conversation. The multi-platform broadcast is a recurring virtual happy hour series designed to rally the horse racing industry’s most prominent figures to raise funds for communities that have been profoundly impacted by COVID-19.
The Cocktails & Conversation broadcast, airing Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. ET via Breeders’ Cup’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, will mark the 20th installment of the series. The episode will be hosted by Nick Luck and Britney Eurton of NBC Sports and 21 Club mixologist and creator of Breeders’ Cup’s official cocktails Mark Tubridy.
Cordero is widely considered one of the greatest Thoroughbred jockeys of all time, winning over 7,000 races throughout his career and becoming the first Puerto Rican jockey to win all three Triple Crown races: the Kentucky Derby (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1). Cordero was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and grew up surrounded by horses, as his father, grandfather and uncles were all riders and trainers. He began his career in Puerto Rico in 1960 before moving to New York, where he gradually rose to success and became one of the most accomplished jockeys in the U.S.
Cordero won Kentucky Derby three times, capturing the “Run for the Roses” in 1974, 1976 and 1985. He also made a lasting legacy as ”The King of Saratoga,” winning the prestigious meet riding title a record 14 times at the renowned upstate New York track. Additionally, he won four Breeders’ Cup races, taking the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) in 1985 aboard Life’s Magic; twice in 1988 with Gulch in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) and Open Mind in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1); and in 1989 on Dancing Spree in the Sprint. Cordero was honored with the Eclipse Award for Champion Jockey in 1982, 1983 and 1985. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1988, becoming the first Puerto Rican to be given this honor. Cordero is now the agent of Manny Franco, a jockey from Puerto Rico, who rides Tiz the Law, the likely favorite for next week’s Kentucky Derby.
Thursday’s live stream will commence with Tubridy leading a virtual mixology class for viewers, creating two refreshing cocktails to enjoy at home during the broadcast. Mark will be mixing up a “Ward 8” made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon juice, orange juice and grenadine. Mark’s second cocktail is an “Apple Martini” consisting of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, apple pucker, lemon juice and simple syrup.
Following the cocktail-mixing segment, the broadcast will feature a conversational interview with Cordero, who will offer his thoughts on his career, current developments in horse racing and more. Fans will be able to submit questions via social media for the hosts and guests to answer during the broadcast for a truly interactive experience. Throughout the cocktail hour, viewers will be encouraged to donate to industry workers and communities in need through the official Breeders' Cup website.
Tapping all-star talents such as world-renowned jockeys Umberto Rispoli, Javier Castellano, Frankie Dettori and Mike Smith; leading trainers Peter Eurton, Simon Callaghan, Tom Amoss, Bob Baffert, Chad Brown, Mark Casse, Graham Motion, Doug O’Neill, Todd Pletcher, Dale Romans and Wesley Ward; NHL All-Star and Thoroughbred owner Erik Johnson; film and television actress and equestrian rider Bo Derek; owners Jeff Bloom, Sol Kumin and Jack and Laurie Wolf; television personality and fashion designer Carson Kressley; and the NBC Sports’ horse racing broadcasting team, Breeders’ Cup has raised thousands of dollars through previous Cocktails & Conversation broadcasts.
All proceeds generated from Cocktails & Conversation are wholly donated to the following organizations benefitting the horse racing and hospitality industries:
-Race Track Chaplaincy of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the horse racing community through social services, food and clothing banks and educational workshops.
-USBG National Charity Foundation, which supports bartenders, barbacks and bar servers throughout the nation who have been financially impacted by restaurant and bar shutdowns as a result of the health crisis.
-Restaurant Workers Relief Program, a project jointly formed by Maker’s Mark and the Lee Initiative that has transformed restaurants in major cities into relief centers that offer food and supplies to affected hospitality workers.
To learn more about the virtual happy hour series and to support those in need, please visit https://www.breederscup.com/convos.
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The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $35 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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