LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rascal Flatts will perform the national
anthem May 1 at the Kentucky Derby in Louisville.
Officials announced Thursday that the group, one of country
music's top acts, will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the
136th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
Last year, LeAnn Rimes became the first national recording
artist invited to sing the national anthem at the Derby, and the
track said the addition was popular with fans so organizers decided
to continue it.
Churchill Downs said it also will be adding a performance at the
Kentucky Oaks, with Grammy Award-nominated quartet Little Big Town
performing the national anthem at the April 30 race.
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