Bourbon connoisseurs will find their bliss during Breeders’ Cup week at the Bourbon Backstretch, where the best of Kentucky Bourbon will be on display October 28 October 30 & October 31 at The Livery, with an exclusive Master Distillers’ Night on October 28 in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
One of the premier events of the KentuckyOne Health Breeders’ Cup Festival, the Bourbon Backstretch will feature nine distilleries from the famed Kentucky Bourbon Trail® serving nearly forty different whiskies, signature cocktails, appetizers, live music and more.
Participating distilleries include Bulleit, Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Old Forester, Town Branch, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
During the exclusive Master Distillers’ Night on October 28, attendees will get the unique chance to interact with the distillers themselves, who will be on hand to pour the Bourbon and talk about their craft. Distillers include Fred Noe (Jim Beam), Tom Bulleit (Bulleit), Chris Morris (Woodford Reserve/Old Forester), Mark Coffman (Town Branch), Brent Elliott (Four Roses), Charlie Downs (Heaven Hill) and Greg Davis (Maker’s Mark).
“We are thrilled to show so many Breeders’ Cup fans the best of Kentucky Bourbon,” said Adam Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®.  “With such a deep field of master distillers, brand ambassadors, and Bourbons to pour, we feel like the Bourbon Backstretch is a can’t-miss for everyone in Lexington that week.”
The Bourbon Backstretch will be showcased in one of Lexington’s most popular new event venues, The Livery. Originally built in 1868 and used to stable horses and carriages as they passed through Lexington, the building has been renovated and modernized while still embracing its roots, making for a rustic, elegant and upscale event setting with a rich history.
Tickets for the Bourbon Backstretch are $50 each, with tickets for the exclusive October 28th Master Distillers’ Night selling for $100. The event runs from 6:00 until 10:00 each night and is sure to be a popular event for bourbon lovers nationwide.
This rare opportunity to experience an insider’s view of Kentucky’s world-renowned Bourbon industry is sponsored by the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®, which promotes the best experiences Kentucky’s signature spirit industry has to offer and seeks to give visitors a firsthand look at the art, science, history and tradition behind America’s signature spirit.
For more information about the Bourbon Backstretch and the full Breeders’ Cup Festival schedule, go to

Breeders’ Cup Festival (October 24-31)
The Breeders’ Cup was the brainchild of legendary local horseman, John Gaines, and this fall it will be a homecoming of sorts, with the event coming to Lexington, Kentucky – the epicenter of Thoroughbred racing and breeding – for the first time in its 31-year history. The Breeders’ Cup Host Committee and city of Lexington are dedicated to making the 2015 Breeders’ Cup experience unforgettable for our guests and locals alike and have created a week-long celebration and showcase of what makes Lexington so unique. From tours of world-famous horse farms and distilleries to outdoor concerts, parades, parties, food competitions, a 5K race, live streaming of the Breeders’ Cup races downtown and more, the Breeders’ Cup Festival will be a fun and festive celebration of all Lexington has to offer.
Breeders’ Cup (October 30-31)
Started in 1984 as a means to create an end-of-year championship event for horseracing, the Breeders’ Cup is the world championships of Thoroughbred racing. Each year the best horses from around the world come together to test their mettle against their contemporaries. Over the course of two days, 13 races will be run, each serving as a divisional championship, with purses totaling $26 million collectively. Each year the event takes place at a different racing venue in North America, and this year, for the first time in history, the Breeders’ Cup will come home to where the idea first began, Lexington, Kentucky, to one of the most historic and picturesque venues in Thoroughbred racing, Keeneland Race Course. 

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