Draft Brad Cummings to sing the Belmont National Anthem

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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:

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.”

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  • Kris S.

    Wow Brad, and you work with basically a silent media format… who knew??? You have my vote!

  • PTP

    He has one vote. My dog was sleeping under my desk and he perked right up when I played the video.

    I am not sure that is a positive or a negative, however, because he does the same thing when I turn up the audio for Tampa Bay Downs.

    PTP

  • Show me the Money !

    Was Brad wearing a nasal strip for this rendition? 

  • Racingwithbruno

    When we going karaoking Brad

  • Rachel

    My parrots started singing along (that’s good)…
    You have a great vocal range to be able to sing this song!

    One thing: speed up the tempo…most acapella singers, trying to make the song sound heartfelt, drag the tempo to death…

    Where do I send my request?

  • May Flower

    Go Brad Go!

  • 1fdoos

    Very nice and hope his dream domes true.
     

  • Swamp Fox

    Paula Abdul: “That was so sweet Brad. You are great. I will never forget my humble beginnings as a Laker Girl. It was probably one of
    the most fun jobs I ever had. it’s probably how you will feel about the Paulick Report when you are on Broadway.”

    Randy: “A little pitchy in places but Dog I like you and think you may be good for this car race thing.”

    Steven Tyler: ” Wow, I can tell you’re on the money when the vein in your forehead pops.”

    Simon:” Sorry, Champagne dreams on a beer budget mate.”

  • desertrailrat

     Thats funny when Grundner (sp) comes on I usually have to dive for the remote to turn it down!

  • desertrailrat

    I can’t do better, just kick up the end a bit.  Nice!  Great voice and a hard song to sing.

  • AGameofSkill

    A lot better than I expected, Brad.  A lot better…

  • Goalcrease

    Wow, very impressive Brad.  Who knew?  How about a west coast national anthem tour?

  • Convene

    As long as he sings it like the national anthem instead of a pop song, he has my vote! I’m tired of people yowling their way through the beautiful anthem. It was perfect the way it was written and pays tribute to a great nation.

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