Kentucky Whiskey distillery Woodford Reserve has unveiled its 2023 Kentucky Derby bottle, marking the 50th anniversary of Secretariat, who won the 1973 Derby.
Featuring artwork from Kentucky native Jaime Corum, known for her stunning horse portraits, the beautifully painted label captures Secretariat in the Winner’s Circle at Churchill Downs, with the famed Garland of Roses draped over the colt’s withers.
Considered one of the greatest thoroughbreds of all time, Secretariat was a Triple Crown winner and still holds the record for the fastest race time at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont.
“This is our most collectable Derby bottle yet, as Secretariat is perhaps the most revered and most loved racehorse in history,” explained Elizabeth McCall, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller. “Even 50 years after his stunning achievement, Secretariat’s Triple Crown run is still considered one of the most iconic achievements in sports.”
Corum spent her formative years riding horses, painting and drawing them, said: “I hope that my painting for this year’s Woodford Reserve Derby bottle, “Still The Greatest,” allows us to remember that moment of dreamlike perfection when Secretariat won the 1973 Kentucky Derby.
“I have been honoured to paint Secretariat many times over the years,” she continued, “but this one is truly special to me, as it celebrates his 50th anniversary and is paired with Woodford Reserve. Who could imagine a more perfect pairing of two things that will never go out of style?”
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