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Former UK great Dan Issel signs bourbon bottles for fans at Keeneland

From left, former Kentucky basketball great Dan Issel, Keeneland president Bill Thomason, and Maker's Mark executives Bill Samuels and Rob Samuels signed Maker's Mark bottles Friday at Keeneland. The special-edition bottles feature Issel's likeness.  Photo by Matt Goins
From left, former Kentucky basketball great Dan Issel, Keeneland president Bill Thomason, and Maker's Mark executives Bill Samuels and Rob Samuels signed Maker's Mark bottles Friday at Keeneland. The special-edition bottles feature Issel's likeness. Photo by Matt Goins Lexington Herald-Leader

Fans lined up early Friday morning at Keeneland Race Course to get former University of Kentucky basketball player Dan Issel's signature on limited-edition Maker's Mark bottles.

The bottle is the 17th such special edition commemorating Maker's Mark's long history with Keeneland, where the distillery sponsors the Maker's 46 Mile, to be run Friday. Proceeds from the sale benefit UK's Gill Heart Institute.

Photos by Matt Goins

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