Keeneland Offers Fans
Chance to Sing National Anthem
August 27, 2015 6:52 AM
Keeneland announced today that it will host a competition titled Star Spangled
Stakes to select the singer to perform the National Anthem on Prelude to the Cup
day, Thursday, Oct. 29.
The winner of the Star Spangled Stakes will sign the anthem trackside just
before racing begins on Prelude day. Prelude to the Cup is the nine-race card
that precedes the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland on Oct. 30-31.
The singer and five guests will enjoy a VIP Prelude to the Cup experience with
Loge Box seating, on-site parking, food vouchers, programs and a Breeders’ Cup
“Keeneland is excited to present the Star Spangled Stakes competition,”
Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. “The opportunity to showcase
Central Kentucky’s talent in a unique way during the Fall Meet and at Prelude to
the Cup, and have a little fun while doing it, felt like the perfect fit for a
community that has so fully embraced the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World
To enter the competition, people must submit a 90-second video of them singing
an a capella song of their choice atKeeneland.com/prelude/star-spangled-stakes.
Keeneland judges will select the 30 performers demonstrating the most talent to
be invited to call-backs at the Keeneland Entertainment Center on Friday, Sept.
11, where they will perform the National Anthem before a panel of judges.
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