Wednesday, October 30, 2013

LOS ANGELES, (October 30, 2013) – The Breeders’ Cup announced today that acclaimed musicians Richie Sambora, Toni Braxton and Kristin Chenoweth will perform as part of the Breeders’ Cup telecast on Saturday, November 2.

For the first time ever, the “Call to Post” will be performed not by the traditional bugle, but by electric guitar played by American rock icon Richie Sambora. Additionally, Grammy Award winner Toni Braxton will perform the National Anthem, while acclaimed actress and Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth will perform the Breeders’ Cup adopted anthem, “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Viewers will be able to watch all of these performances on NBC and NBC Sports Network as part of the Breeders’ Cup race coverage. The National Anthem and Call to Post will air on NBC Sports Network at 6:35pm ET and 7:20pm ET respectively. Kristin Chenoweth’s performance of “The Best is Yet to Come” will air as part of the Breeders’ Cup Classic coverage on NBC at 8:00pm ET.

Fans in attendance will be treated to a special performance of “God Bless America” during the opening ceremonies by Shea Leparoux, who is the wife of jockey Julian Leparoux and daughter of famed trainer Mike Mitchell.

Richie Sambora will also participate in the inaugural Songs in the Saddle: The Infield Music Fest, along with Grammy Award winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. This afternoon concert will feature a talented line-up of previously announced notable Grammy, American Music Award and Academy of Country Music Award winning R&B, bluegrass, indie rock and Latin musicians which include Kristin Chenoweth, Toni Braxton, Macy Gray, Joan Osborne, Jakob Dylan, Giselle Fernandez, Nikki Lane, Jenny & The Mexicats, American Authors, Dame and Jenny O. Songs in the Saddle is a collaboration between the Breeders’ Cup and Hip Card Productions taking place Saturday, November 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.