Equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly’s painting featured on commemorative bottle.
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. His years of experience, esteemed skillset in painting and passion for the equine industry correlate perfectly with the Kentucky Derby.”
– Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director
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.
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).