“There at the gate.” Those four words can only mean one thing. The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs is just a few short weeks away. For Woodford Reserve Distillery that means just one thing, it’s time to release the 23rd limited-edition of the Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle of bourbon.
This year welcomes a new artist, a Kentucky artist of course, by the name of Jaime Corum, an equine artist known for her stunning horse portraits. Corum’s painting titled “Dreams in Bloom,” features three thoroughbreds racing neck-and-neck, surrounded by a spray of vivid spring flowers, including daisies, dogwoods, cherry blossoms and of course Oaks Day favorite lilies and iconic Derby Day favorite red roses.
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“The attention to detail in Jaime’s artwork is remarkable – and so realistic,” Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris said. “This year’s bottle celebrating the 148th Kentucky Derby will make a gorgeous addition to anyone’s bar.
Corum’s portraiture captures the conformation and spirit of the horse in a way that’s unlike anyone else, with skill developed through years of studying art, enhanced by her personal experience with horses and the equestrian world. She spent her formative years riding horses, painting and drawing them in her free time, and continued to focus on her equine subject after receiving her Masters of Fine Arts from The University of Kentucky. Each equine artwork begins with the foundation of her understanding of equine conformation and movement and enhances that with the intangible quality of the horse’s character, capturing the essence of each equine subject.
“As a born horse lover, the Kentucky Derby has always been a time of great anticipation and excitement for me, and a great source of pride in my home state,” Corum said. “I am honored to help celebrate the 148th running of the Derby with this new artwork for Woodford Reserve.
“For me, Dreams in Bloom symbolizes that greatest moment on the First Saturday in May when the horses are in the final stretch of the race. A trio of front-runners have separated from the field, and from these three, one winner will emerge. They strive with every sinew in their being for the lead, giving their all. In this moment, time stands still, colors heighten, the roar of the crowd disappears until, in a flash, the new champion crosses the wire in front. For that fortunate one, the dream of winning the Kentucky Derby comes true.”
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The 2022, 23rd Annual Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon bottle features the standard Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon bottled at 90.4 proof (45.2% ABV) with custom Kentucky Derby label. The one-liter Derby bottles are available now across the United States and the globe with a retail price of $49.99.
Woodford Reserve, “Presenting Sponsor 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.