Woodford Reserve, the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, has unveiled its 2020 commemorative Derby bottle.
This year’s release features the work of Louisville artist Richard Sullivan, a former Atlanta Braves baseball player. Sullivan’s watercolor image captures thoroughbreds rushing towards the finish line, with the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in the background.
“My goal was to create a beautiful image of the Kentucky Derby that embodies the spirit of competition, dedication and freedom that is required to be your best,” Sullivan says. “I wanted to capture this intense moment of competition that is shared between the human and equine athlete. A moment when everything is on the line, time stops, awareness is heightened, mind and body are one, and anything is possible.”
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottles are available across the country for a suggested price of $49.99 per 1-L. Also they are available for pre-sale starting March 2nd on Reserve Bar.
Sullivan played baseball at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). In 2008 he was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round and played six years of minor league baseball. He returned to SCAD in 2014 to finish his degree and focus on art. His work is now featured across the U.S., including at The Atlanta Braves Truist Park, Mercedes Benz Stadium and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Woodford Reserve Derby bottle has been an annual collector’s item for bourbon and racing fans since 1999.