A cross country trip, a two-man stroll from Lexington to Louisville and a 50-person relay from Keeneland to Churchill Downs...what do these three things have in common? They are all ways the Paulick Report and Breeders' Cup Charities have teamed up over the last three years to raise nearly $250,000 for several great causes in combination with Thoroughbred racing's annual World Championships!
The Breeders' Cup and the Paulick Report have decided to join forces once more for Breeders' Cup or Bust, this year adding Children Mending Hearts to their other designated charities: the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Thoroughbred Charities of America. But while Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick and president Brad Cummings are as fit as ever, another walking trip is not in order.
Instead, Breeders' Cup or Bust will be calling on the skills developed by Brad Cummings' first career as a musical theatre actor as he sings the National Anthem at three of America's top racetracks. Cummings will be performing October 25 at Lexington's Keeneland Race Course, October 26 at Oklahoma City's Remington Park and November 2 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, for Friday's opening day of the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships.
"When I first started taking voice lessons as a teenager, I dreamed of Broadway lights," Cummings said. "I never in a million years believed I would have the opportunity to sing at these beautiful racetracks. And to honor three great charities in doing so? It doesn't get a whole lot better than that!"
Paulick, Cummings and Paulick Report editor-in-chief Scott Jagow will also be traveling across country, taking in the sights and sounds of Americana along historic Route 66 including the hometown of Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith and an equine retirement farm that receives support from the TCA. Fans can follow the action at www.paulickreport.com.
"I first heard Brad 'perform' during our drive from Kentucky to California for the first Breeders' Cup or Bust as he sang along with Broadway show tunes on a satellite radio network, mostly to keep both of us awake," Paulick said. "Turns out he actually has some chops, and this is a fun way to blend Brad's passion for music with our efforts to raise money for these very worthy causes."
"For the fourth consecutive year, we are very pleased to partner with Ray and Brad in their efforts to call attention and raise money for such outstanding causes as Children Mending Hearts, Thoroughbred Charities of America and the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund," Breeders' Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel said. "Breeders' Cup or Bust has become an important part of Breeders' Cup Charities and look forward to another successful year of fundraising."
To learn more about Breeders' Cup or Bust or to give a donation, please visit www.BreedersCup.com/BCorBust. You can contact Brad Cummings at 502-644-1454 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about donations.