Breeders’ Cup Announces Special Guest for Thursday’s Cocktails & Conversation Broadcast
This Week’s Virtual Cocktail Hour will feature trainer Brad Cox
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2020) — The Breeders’ Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing’s most prestigious international events, today announces Brad Cox 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, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. ET via Breeders’ Cup’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, will mark the 22nd 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.
Cox, one of the nation’s leading trainers, has won three Breeders’ Cup races. Last year, Cox won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) with British Idiom and the Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) with Covfefe. Born and raised in Louisville, Ky., Brad grew up near Churchill Downs and developed a passion for horse racing and training at a young age. He first became involved in racing while training under renowned trainers Burt Kessinger and Jimmy Baker, then took a job as an assistant trainer for Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Dallas Stewart. Cox then launched his solo training career in 2005 at 25 years old. In 2014, he achieved his first graded stakes win with Carve in the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker.
This year, Cox trains two stars who are contenders in the $2 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) in Monomoy Girl and Shedaresthedevil. The 5-year-old mare Monomoy Girl, winner of the 2018 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, has won all three of her starts this year. The 3-year-old filly Shedaresthedevil, who won the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) in September, leads this Sunday’s 1 1/8-mile, $400,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at Keeneland, which will award the winner a free berth into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
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 first create the “Black-Eyed Susan,” featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka, rum, triple sec, pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. The second cocktail featured is the “Blackberry-Sage Sour,” made with Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, blackberries and sage leaves.
Following the cocktail-mixing segment, the broadcast will feature a conversational interview with Cox, who will speak about this year’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships, current developments in horse racing and more. Fans will be able to submit questions via social media for the hosts and guest 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 Victor Espinoza, Umberto Rispoli, Javier Castellano, Frankie Dettori, Ángel Cordero Jr. 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; the Stronach Group’s Aidan Butler, 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; the NBC Sports’ horse racing broadcasting team; and Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming, 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.
ABOUT BREEDERS’ CUP
The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.
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 $31 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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