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Woodford Reserve Bourbon Releases 2009 Kentucky Derby® Bottle

Louisville, KY, March 30, 2009 – Capturing the adrenaline-filled world of horse racing through the eyes of a jockey, Woodford Reserve, an award-winning small-batch bourbon, is honoring the country’s favorite horse race with the release of its limited edition 2009 Kentucky Derby bottle featuring artwork by retired jockey Tom Chapman.

“Much as we try, it’s impossible to express in words the intensity of racing from a jockey’s perspective,” said artist Tom Chapman. “My goal is to capture it with a paint brush and canvas, often using unique angles and vibrant colors to set the tone. But no painting can truly capture the vibrancy and intensity of the Kentucky Derby.”

Chapman’s vibrant, colorful image captures the excitement and intensity of the Kentucky Derby as two jockeys in brightly-colored silks concentrate on the race with the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs in the background. The artist’s signature adorns the neck band of the bottle, and an attached tag bears information about the artist and product. The limited edition liter-size bottle will be available beginning in early April throughout the nation in 38 states.

“Woodford Reserve is honored to partner with an artist who can capture the sport from a jockey’s viewpoint,” said Laura Petry, Woodford Reserve brand manager. “As the signature bourbon of thoroughbred racing, we are proud to continue our partnership with Churchill Downs® and the Kentucky Derby.”

Woodford Reserve Bourbon is the “Official Bourbon of Kentucky Derby 135” and has served as the official bourbon for the past eleven years. It also sponsors a Grade I race, the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which is run on Derby Day, May 2, 2009, and has become one of thoroughbred racing’s premier events.

About Woodford Reserve
Woodford Reserve, the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby”, is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky – the heart of thoroughbred country.

Woodford Reserve is one of the fine spirits produced and marketed by Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia , Canadian Mist, Fetzer, Korbel, Gentleman Jack,  el Jimador, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, Tuaca, Woodford Reserve and Bonterra. Enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve visit

About Tom Chapman
Based in Redwood City, Calif., retired jockey Tom Chapman won more than 2,500 races and rode in the Kentucky Derby. Following two years as the leading apprentice at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita, Chapman, a Montana native, moved to Northern California where he consistently placed among the top riders on the circuit. Chapman paints in oils varying from realism to impressionism, and his work is represented in galleries and racetracks across the country. For more information, visit

Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2009.

For Information Contact:
Andrea Duvall, Brown-Forman
[email protected]