Jamaica’s Minister of Energy and Mining, Hon. James Robertson, New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson and actor Jonathan Goldsmith – who is best known for his role as “The Most Interesting Man in the World” in the Dos Equis beer campaign – will attend the Kentucky Derby as the guests of Jonathan and Tracy Blue.
“We have personal friendships with all of them and want them to experience the Derby firsthand in a way that most locals do,” said Jonathan Blue, chairman and managing director of Blue Equity, which owns The Voice-Tribune. “That means a lot of hometown flavor.”
Johnson and his wife, Cassandra; Robertson and his wife, Charlene; Jamaica Observer Lifestyle Editor Novia McDonald-Whyte.; and Goldsmith will experience many of the city’s top locally-owned restaurants, said Tracy Blue, managing director of The Voice-Tribune. “After the Kentucky Oaks is over, we’re going to take them to the most iconic of Derby parties, the Barnstable Brown Gala. Later that night, we’ll go to the Maxim party and maybe make a few other stops. We’re really going to show them why we love Louisville,” she said.
Jonathan Blue said he looks forward to spending time with the seemingly multifarious trio particularly on Kentucky Derby Day because they already have a common bond: The Blues’ guests share a deep love for horse racing.
“This will be my fourth time attending,” said Johnson, whose first Derby experience was in 1997. Most recently, he attended Derby 136 after serving as the featured speaker for the 2010 Race for Grace, a fundraiser for the Kentucky Race Track Chaplaincy.
Johnson grew up near the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. “My dad and I had three different places we would spend time together: on the sports field, obviously we would spend time at church, but we would spend quite of bit of time going to the races. Not because my dad had money to play the horses, but we just enjoyed watching them,” Johnson said. “There were a lot of lessons he taught me by taking me to the track. Hard work, perseverance, everyone has a role. … A lot of life lessons I learned at the track.”
Goldsmith’s adoration for thoroughbreds was cultivated after a painful lesson that still leaves him “thrilled to be watching not riding.”
Robertson grew up around horses and was a championship polo player on his national team, but now “my love is thoroughbreds. That’s where my love really has rested as I’ve grown older,” he said.
Robertson said he and his wife look forward to being in Louisville “and trying your drink, your bourbon, your mint, your syrup. We will be there, and we are going to enjoy everything from the fashion to the races. We are going to be at all the parties.”
Robertson also is going to finally be at a place he’s wanted to visit for years. “I’ve been to many, many racetracks, but I’ve never been to the greatest racetrack: Churchill Downs.”
Contact writer Angie Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 502.551.2698.
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Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.