Victory Drink of the Month: Belle Vodka’s 21st Century Belle!
The Race: Runhappy Malibu Stakes
The Venue: Santa Anita Park
The Date: Dec. 28, 2019
The Winner: Omaha Beach
The Toast: To a bravura performance by one of the year’s very best racehorses. Last spring, Omaha Beach was listed as the morning-line favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve but was pulled from the race due to an injury and allowed as much time as needed to recover under the expert training of Hall of Famer Richard Mandella. He returned to win off of a five-month absence in September and then ran second in a Breeders’ Cup race before concluding his 3-year-old season with a commanding 2 ¾-length win in the Malibu to kick off Santa Anita’s winter-spring meet. To watch a replay and read a recap of the Malibu, click here.
After the Race: Believe it or not, we’re already two decades into the 21st century, and it’s time to step aside a moment from the tech-driven onrush of passing time for a relaxing, yet invigorating, sip of Belle Vodka’s celebratory cocktail.
What’s Next: Omaha Beach is set to make his final career start in the fourth annual Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes on Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park. That 1 1/8-mile race, worth $3 million, is the capstone on a whirlwind 48 hours at the Hallandale Beach, Fla. racetrack that begins on Thursday, Jan. 23 with the 49th annual Eclipse Awards. The who’s who of the sport of kings will take over Gulfstream for the awards ceremony followed by world-class racing on Pegasus day, which will also feature concerts, exquisite food options, and other entertainment at the track.
- 1.5 ounces Belle Vodka
- .75 ounce lemon juice
- .25 ounce crème de cacao
- .25 ounce spiced pear liqueur
- Dash of chocolate bitters and maple syrup
How to Make It:
- Shake vigorously and serve over ice