GULFSTREAM PARK, Fla., Jan. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- World-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns will sing "God Bless America" during the inaugural running of the Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park, it was announced.
Kearns said he is thrilled to participate in this new exciting Thoroughbred Race, which will attract the world's biggest stars in racing.
"I am proud to have the great Anthony Kearns at the Preakness and we are ever prouder to have him here performing at the inaugural Pegasus," said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer.
"Participating in the 2017 Pegasus World Cup combines two of my greatest passions: music and horses. I congratulate Belinda Stronach and Tim Ritvo and wish them and their team much success with this extraordinary endeavor," said Kearns.
Kearns hails from County Wexford, Ireland -- home of many internationally-known horse-trainers such as Jim Bolger and Aidan O'Brien, and many great horse breeders, trainers and jockeys. "That's where I first experienced the beauty of horses, the skills of outstanding horse trainers and riders, and, of course, the thrill of the race," said Kearns, who last year also sang at the 141st Preakness Stakes.
Now living in the U.S., Mr. Kearns said there are strong ties between the Irish and Americans in horse racing circles and he is proud to support the international racing community on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to singing at high-level racing events, he frequent lends his voice to nonprofit organizations supporting equine health and wellness and charities that pair retired race horses with soldiers suffering from war trauma, such as Saratoga Warhorse in Saratoga, N.Y. and many others.
Kearns took the American television audience by storm in 1999 as the youngest member of the wildly popular musical group, The Irish Tenors with whom he has 10 CDs and five PBS specials. Their CDs have gone Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum. American critics hailed Kearns as perhaps the most likely of the three (Irish Tenors) to "achieve the level of tenor super stardom enjoyed by Pavarotti and a handful of other singers." Mr. Kearns frequently performs at charity concerts, on television, in operas, and with the finest symphony orchestras in the world.
Mr. Kearns has had the honor to sing for three U.S. Presidents, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Medal of Honor recipients, and at the Pre-Mass concert in Philadelphia for Pope Francis. Last year he opened the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. – the largest in the nation -- before a national television audience and "America Salutes You," a televised Veterans Day Special. He also headlined two performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, among many concerts and appearances.
Mr. Kearns' appearance was arranged by Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.
SOURCE Kirsten Fedewa & Assoc. LLC (on behalf of Anthony Kearns)