Woodford Reserve, Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, has unveiled its 2021 commemorative Derby bottle.
Each year’s iteration features different artwork that captures the spirit of the race. This year’s bottle showcases a watercolor from Louisville resident Richard Sullivan, a former professional baseball player, depicting thoroughbreds as they thunder down the stretch. It is meant to complement last year’s bottle artwork, which Sullivan also created.
“There is a depth of beauty in Richard’s watercolors, and his back-to-back Derby bottles are a winning exacta,” says Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris.
These one-liter bottles of Woodford Reserve Bourbon will roll out nationwide for a suggested retail price of $49.99 each. They are available for pre-sale starting March 2 on Reserve Bar.
“The Kentucky Derby is resplendent with color, pageantry, and pure athleticism, and I wanted to capture that in my artwork,” Sullivan says.
Sullivan played baseball at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and in 2008, he was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round as a junior, and played six years of minor league baseball. He returned to SCAD in 2014 to finish his degree and focus exclusively on his artwork. His work is featured across the United States, including at The Atlanta Braves Truist Park, Mercedes Benz Stadium and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Derby bottle has become an annual collector’s item since launching in 1999.