The Kentucky Derby, is also known as “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” To mark the auspicious occasion of 35th anniversary of legendary equine athlete Secretariat’s spectacular win at Kentucky Derby 99 in 1973Churchill Downs and Woodford Reserve have created the most expensive mint julep cup of the world.
The handmade cups are plated with 24-karat gold and have an artwork by legendary sports artist Leroy Neiman. Each one was sold in an oak box lined with a satin reproduction of Secretariat’s blue and white silks. The mint julep inside was made of all-natural ingredients, including mint grown from Claiborne Farm in Paris, Kentucky, where Secretariat was buried whole. The drinks also contain ice made from limestone water and a special blend of sugar from a local sorghum farmer. Ninety-seven of the ninety-nine cups sold for $1000 each. Only a few lucky one got the chance to drink this special and one of the most expensive drinks of the world.