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    Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:36:55

    Watch Richie Sambora Sing The National Anthem Flawlessly - He did so for The Breeder's Cup Classic over the weekend

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    Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora sang quite a moving rendition of The National Anthem this past weekend at the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, evoking a deep sense of patriotism through each soulful, bluesy note.

    And guess what? He didn't mess it up! So many artists —most famously Christina Aguilera and more recently Aaron Lewis— have messed up the song, probably due to the pressure of singing such an impactful and important song that means so much to so many. We cannot fault them for that mistake. It happens and they are always so apologetic. It never feels intentional.

    But Sambora's version was flawless.

    "It was a real honor to sing The National Anthem at the Breeders' Cup. This year marks the 200th Anniversary of the poem penned by Francis Scott Key in 1814. It's amazing that this cultural touchstone started as a poem to this great country of ours. To this very day, it still holds an unrivaled significance to the citizens of the United States of America. It was a blast to once again be a part of such an esteemed weekend in horse-racing, and to have the opportunity to add my voice to the long list of those that have sung the anthem, whether in their home during the Civil War or on a grand stage, was truly humbling and an experience I won't soon forget."

    Watch the well-done Sambora rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" below.



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    —Amy Sciarretto
    11.05.14



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