Kentucky artist’s artwork featured on Kentucky Derby 140 bottle
Woodford Reserve®, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby®” is honoring this year’s Run for the Roses with the release of its 2014 Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. This year’s limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle features the artwork of local Louisville artist David O. Schuster. The commemorative liter-size bottle will be available nationwide beginning in March at a suggested retail price of$43.99.
Woodford Reserve has been the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby” for the past 16 years. It also sponsors a Grade I race, The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which runs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, 2014, and has become one of Thoroughbred racing’s premier turf events with a $500,000 purse.
Born and raised in Louisville, KY, David O. Schuster has been a prominent player in the city’s art community for over a decade. His mastery and ability to vividly depict his equine subjects made him the perfect choice for the 140th Kentucky Derby bottle artist. His work is featured in private and corporate collections across the country and shown in numerous exhibitions.
Schuster’s image on the bottle is entitled “The 4th Turn” and captures the horses and jockeys in their multi-colored silks racing down the final stretch and last turn of the Kentucky Derby, one of the most thrilling moments in sports. There is a blur of the stands of fans in the background cheering them on to victory. The neck band features a diamond pattern of light blue and copper as well as the Kentucky Derby 140 date sealing the top of the commemorative bottle. An attached tag hangs around the bottle bearing information about the product and the artist.
“David O. Schuster has been a fixture of the city’s art community for over a decade, making him the ideal selection as the 140th Kentucky Derby bottle artist,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “Schuster has a true ability to craft beauty and wonder from his equine subjects, and Woodford Reserve is honored to showcase his work on this year’s commemorative Derby bottle.”
Woodford Reserve is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky – the heart of thoroughbred country and is a product of Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Korbel California Champagne, Herradura Tequila,Sonoma-Cutrer Wines, Chambord Liqueur, and Tuaca Liqueur. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly.
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 also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on May 3, 2014, and its 2014 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 26-June 29. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times.