World-Renowned Tenor Anthony Kearns to Perform at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 29, 2018) – The Breeders’ Cup welcomes internationally-acclaimed tenor Anthony Kearns to the 35th Running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Louisville Kentucky on Saturday, November 3, 2018, to perform at the start of the Opening Ceremonies, it was announced.

Mr. Kearns will sing the National Anthem at approx. 11:30 a.m. Eastern. The entire day of racing will be live-streamed on the Breeders’ Cup website.

Mr. Kearns, a classical singer and member of the double-platinum super-group, The Irish Tenors, said he is thrilled to participate in the 35th Breeders’ Cup – one of the world’s richest Thoroughbred racing events that attracts the globe’s biggest stars in racing and entertainment.

"Performing at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships combines two of my greatest passions: music and horses. I commend Breeders’ Cup for creating one of the most exciting Thoroughbred events on the world’s racing stage," said Kearns.

“We are honored to welcome the exceptionally talented Mr. Kearns at the 2018,” said Breeders’ Cup CMO, Bryan Pettigrew. “Mr. Kearns’ gifted voice, combined with his professional collaborations with several Thoroughbred racing events around the country, aligns with our global strategy.”

Anthony 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.” 

Kearns has become a popular figure in international Thoroughbred Racing circles, having performed at the 2018 Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park and 141st Preakness Stakes – the second rung of the American Triple Crown -- among other events.

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 has also performed at the 2018 Pegasus World Cup, Preakness Stakes, the Maryland Million Classic, and other high-stakes contests.

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 the world’s top racing events, he frequently lends his voice to non-profit 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.

Mr. Kearns frequently performs at major sporting events, for high-level charity benefits, on television, in operas, and with the world’s most prominent symphony orchestras. He has had the honor to sing for four 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. He opened the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. – the largest in the nation -- before a national television audience -- and headlined the Memorial Day Concert on PBS.

Mr. Kearns’ appearance was arranged by Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.



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The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships. The Breeders’ Cup also administers the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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