The Breeders' Cup, one of Thoroughbred horse racing's most prestigious international events, announced on Tuesday that Frankie Dettori will be the special guest for the next installment of Cocktails & Conversation, the 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 next Cocktails & Conversation broadcast, airing Today at 6 p.m. ET via Breeders' Cup's Twitter, YouTube and Facebook pages, will mark the eighth 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.
Today's live stream will commence with Mark Tubridy leading a virtual mixology class for viewers, creating two refreshing cocktails to enjoy at home during the broadcast. Mark will be mixing up a “French 76” featuring Tito's Handmade Vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup and Champagne, as well as a “Gold Rush,” consisting of Maker's Mark Bourbon, lemon juice and honey syrup.
Following the cocktail mixing segment, the broadcast will feature a conversational interview with Dettori, who will offer his insightful perspectives and thoughts on daily life, the latest developments in horse racing and other everyday topics. Fans will be able to submit questions via social media for the hosts and Dettori to answer during the broadcast for a uniquely 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 Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith; 15-time Breeders' Cup-winning trainers Chad Brown and Bob Baffert; NHL All-Star Erik Johnson; restauranteur and celebrity Chef Bobby Flay; film and television actress and equestrian rider Bo Derek; and the NBC Sports' horse racing broadcasting team, Breeders' Cup has already raised thousands of dollars through previous 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 BreedersCup.com/donate.
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