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Shep & Ian Murray, vineyard vines

Shep & Ian Murray, brothers, co-founders and CEO's of vineyard vines, know a thing or two about ties. As the "Official Style of the Kentucky Derby", vineyard vines is well aware half the fun of a party is dressing the part. The brothers share their thoughts on the age-old question:  Tie or Bowtie?

The Great Debate: Tie vs. Bowtie



Tim Laird, Chief Entertainment Officer, Brown-Forman

Create the Perfect Woodford Reserve Mint Julep (Video)


Chef Joseph "Jo-Jo" Doyle

Chef Joseph "Jo-Jo" DoyleChef Joseph "Jo-Jo" Doyle leads the Levy Restaurants culinary team in Louisville, KY as Executive Chef at legendary Churchill Downs. Chef Doyle is responsible for creating all menus throughout Churchill Downs for the annual Kentucky Derby as well as races throughout the season. He oversees the culinary offerings in the exclusive Turf Club, Millionaires Row and Luxury Suites, Hospitality Village and concessions.

Cheff Jo-Jo starts us off with 2 amazing recipes: 

Roasted Squash Salad with HoneyBeet VinaigretteRoasted Squash

Creole Chicken Breast with Woodford Reserve
Bourbon Mustard Sauce
Creole Chicken

Download the recipes here (PDF)

Jill Byrne

Jill ByrneJill is the Director of On Air Communications and official handicapper at Churchill Downs. She is a regular contributor to HRTV's racing programs, Pursuit of the Crown and Pursuit of the Cup and along with her on-air skills and top-notch racing analysis, Byrne is an accomplished horsewoman who worked in the development of 1997 Horse of the Year and juvenile champion Favorite Trick and Countess Diana, that year’s champion 2-year-old filly. She was also involved in the campaign of Awesome Again who defeated 1997 Kentucky Derby (GI) winner Silver Charm to win the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) at Churchill Downs in 1998.

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