Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark have announced the 2020 limited edition Maker’s Mark bottle from the Charity for Champions program which will honor former Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup president James E. ‘Ted’ Bassett. The Charity for Champions program began in 2015, with the goal of helping to raise money for Thoroughbred industry charities.
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, has been named as one of the official charity beneficiaries. Old Friends is home to former Breeders’ Cup champions Alphabet Soup, Eldaafer, Little Mike and Amazombie. Old Friends cares for over 200 retired Thoroughbreds in six locations.
“Old Friends is honored to team up with the National Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and the Race Track Chaplaincy of America to pay tribute to Ted Bassett,” said Old Friends President and founder Michael Blowen. “Mr. Bassett, who has visited Old Friends on numerous occasions, is an enthusiastic supporter. His ambassadorship on behalf of these great Thoroughbreds is unparalleled and we are overjoyed that Breeders’ Cup and Maker’s Mark are saluting him with this magnificent bottle.”