Draft Brad Cummings to sing the Belmont National Anthem
Well before his days as president of the Paulick Report, before he ever stepped foot near a racetrack, before he signed on as chairman of the Louisville GOP, our very own Brad Cummings was just a young kid with a dream. Instead of the rough and tumble world of Thoroughbred racing, my business partner dreamed of seeing his name in Broadway lights. While the Belmont Stakes is a bit down the road from 42nd Street, we are asking you to help make his (original) dreams come true by getting Cummings on the Belmont Stakes card to sing the National Anthem before a crowd of 100,000+.
“I always dreamed of Broadway lights and caviar dreams,” said Cummings in an exclusive interview with the Paulick Report. “Actually, I don't really care much for caviar so scratch the second part of my first sentence.”
“But I do remember sitting in my bedroom in high school singing along to musicals like The Secret Garden, Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar dreaming of one day singing the National Anthem at the 144th Belmont Stakes.”
Listen to Cummings's audition here:
Since he grew up in a suburb of Chicago not exposed in any way to the sport of Thoroughbred racing, it is remarkable that the young Cummings would have such specificity in his vision for the future.
“Some will say we made up this dream as a cheap publicity stunt in the weeks leading up to I'll Have Another's potential history-making run on June 9th,” said Cummings. “I say it's destiny and a testament to never giving up on your dreams, even the ones you invent as a cheap publicity stunt in the weeks leading up to I'll Have Another's potential history-making run on June 9th.”
“To our good friends at NYRA and the honorable Governor Cuomo, you could do like Churchill Downs did for this year's Kentucky Derby and pay for a big name like Mary J. Blige to sing ‘all those extra notes'. You could secure a third-place American Idol contestant like Santa Anita did with Elliot Yamin on Santa Anita Derby Day.
“Or you could hire one of racing's own who tried out for American Idol in his youth and failed. You have the power to make a two-day old dream come true. The choice is yours.”