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    “I think I’ll get a drink,” I said.

    “What?”

    “I said I think I’ll get a drink.”

    It was hard to talk, there were so many people. Three hundred and fifty, at last count. A cheerful din filled 8UP Elevated Drinkery and Kitchen. Waiters with hors d'oeuvres slipped through the crowd like fish. I never got that drink; a moat of people four or more deep surrounded the bar, some of them clutching one of the 50 Woodford Reserve copper mint julep cups we’d given away, a few paging through our new Derby issue or scavenging through the snazzy swag bag sponsored by Total Wine. Co-hosted by the Bourbon Women (cheers, ladies!) and presented by Woodford Reserve, our Derby issue launch party reminded me a lot of Derby itself. A sharp-dressed crowd, a ritzy place, enough bourbon to cheer up a few thoroughbreds. As for who won: I’m a little biased, but I think the roses should go to us. We throw one hell of a party.

    Thanks to everyone who turned out.  

    —Dylon Jones, Web Editor

    All photos by John Sommers

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