Champions for Charity FAQ

Q. Is this a one-time bottle or part of a series?

A.The Smith bottle will be the second in a three-bottle series which started in 2018 and runs through 2020.

Previously, a five-bottle series was released from 2015-2017 which included bottles commemorating Breeders' Cup Champions AP Indy, Lure, Personal Ensign, Zenyatta and Cigar.


Q. How was Smith selected and who/what will be featured on the future Maker’s Mark bottles?

A. The three limited-edition Maker’s Mark bottles represent some of the most iconic Breeders’ Cup champions from the event’s history. As the all-time winningest Jockey in Breeders’ Cup history, along with his ties to California Racing, Mike Smith was a natural fit for 2019. The 2018 bottle featured Breeders’ Cup all-time leading trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, and the 2020 bottle will be announced next year.

Q. If I make a donation will I receive a bottle(s)?

A. Your donation secures you a bottle(s). Breeders’ Cup will host the Champions for Charity event in Arcadia, CA the week of Breeders’ Cup 2019 which will be the preferred pick up location. An additional event will be held in Lexington, KY in mid-November. Event details will be available soon. Please visit Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent. 100% of the donations will go directly to the charities. Please check with your tax advisor for latest tax code regulations.


Q. Will the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 bottles still be available?

A. Please contact Breeders’ Cup customer service, 859-514- 9428, if you are interested in the 2015 or 2017 bottles. The 2018 bottle is available at A limited number of bottles remain available.


Q: Will these bottles be sold in liquor stores?

A: No. For more information on how to obtain them, visit Champions for Charity.


Q. When do these bottles become available?

A. Donations are currently being accepted with bottles available for distribution in November.

Q. How were the 2019 charities selected?

A. The 2019 beneficiaries showcase charities that have strong ties to the Breeders’ Cup History as well as the featured Champion. Old Friends Farm is home to many retired Breeders’ Cup Champions while the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund serves as a key source of funding for injured riders. Breeders’ Cup and Mike Smith felt both programs deserved our recognition in light of the outstanding work they’ve been doing for the industry.

Q. Who can I contact for more information?

A. The Breeders’ Cup customer service line is available to answer any additional questions at 859-514-9428, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm ET.

Q. The website’s not working, who can I call?

A. The Breeders’ Cup Customer Service line will be able to walk you through any technical difficulties or further questions. Call them directly to speak with a representative at 859-514-9428, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm ET.

Updated June 12, 2019

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