New Musical Moments for Preakness 145


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For the GI Preakness S., which is scheduled to take place Saturday, Oct. 3, The Stronach Group and 1/ST LIVE have partnered with Baltimore's Darin Atwater and his Soulful Symphony, which will orchestrate the musical transformation of traditional Preakness moments, including the National Anthem, Riders Up, and the Call to Post. Three-time Grammy winner Wyclef Jean will join the festivities and use the platform that would have included the traditional “Maryland, My Maryland” performance to instead reimagine a unique piece. American jazz musician and Lady Gaga's band leader Brian Newman will collaborate on a contemporary mash-up of Call to Post.

“Preakness 145 was an opportunity for us to take a step back and challenge ourselves, especially as the world looks a bit different than it did last year,” said 1/ST LIVE's executive vice president of entertainment, Jimmy Vargas. “We are thrilled to partner with [Atwater] and Soulful Symphony and to have Wyclef Jean and Brian Newman bring Preakness traditions to life in an innovative way and to move forward with new traditions that are inclusive of people of all generations and backgrounds.”

Like the other Triple Crown races this year, Preakness 145 will not be permitted to have live spectators. For more information, visit

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