LOUISVILLE, Ky., March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Woodford Reserve®, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby®, is honoring this year's "Run for the Roses"™ with the release of its 2016 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. This year's limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle features artwork from award-winning equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly.
Chicago native Pauly is a world-renowned equine painter and is the Official Artist of American Pharoah – Triple Crown Winner. His painting "Barreling Down" is featured on the front of the Woodford Reserve bottle. The image on the bottle features a closeup, impressionistic look into the big race as two thoroughbreds and jockeys are neck and neck. The bright blue sky of a spring day in Kentucky shines through in the background as the horses race towards the finish line.
The neck band features crisp black and Woodford Reserve's signature copper color with the Kentucky Derby 142 date and Thomas Allen Pauly's signature sealing the top of the bottle. A neck tag provides details about the product and the artist.
"Woodford Reserve is honored to collaborate with an artist of such high caliber for this year's commemorative Derby bottle," said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. "His years of experience, esteemed skillset in painting and passion for the equine industry correlate perfectly with the Kentucky Derby."
The commemorative liter-size bottle will be available nationwide on shelves in March. The suggested retail price, depending on market, is $43.99.
Woodford Reserve has been the "Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby" for the past 18 years. It also sponsors a Grade I stakes race, The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which runs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, 2016, and has become one of Thoroughbred racing's premier turf events with a $500,000 purse.
About Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve, the "Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby," is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel's, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Old Forester, Sonoma-Cutrer and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us www.woodfordreserve.com or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.
About Artist Thomas Allen Pauly:
Since 1978, award-winning artist Thomas Allen Pauly has painted some of the finest horses and jockeys in the world. The artist is well respected in the equine industry where he travels around the world photographing his subjects in their natural settings. Primarily working with oils and watercolors, his artwork is known for its accuracy, energy, sentiment and celebration of equine achievement. Pauly is the "Official Artist of American Pharoah - Triple Crown Winner." His work has been displayed throughout the world at fine art galleries, on television and in books. He is a contributor to various racing charities and organizations as well as a devoted supporter of The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
About Churchill Downs Racetrack:
Churchill Downs, the world's most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America's greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 7, 2016. The track's 2016 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 30-July 2. The track has hosted the Breeders' Cup World Championships eight times. For more information visit www.ChurchillDowns.com
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