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2013 Kentucky Derby National Anthem Goes to Country Singer Martina McBride

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JULY 02:  Country Music Superstar Martina McBride performs for fans prior to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke ZERO 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway on July 2, 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterMay 1, 2013

The 2013 Kentucky Derby is guaranteed to get off to a rousing start Saturday as Martina McBride has been tasked with delivering the National Anthem. 

The Associated Press reported on the finer details for one of the biggest sporting events of the year. As a nation prepares to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports, McBride will take the mic. 

As the report reminds, the famed Run for the Roses is Saturday, May 4, with a post time of 6:24 p.m. ET. As for the country singer, the report states she is scheduled to perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" just before 5 p.m. ET. 

The Kentucky Derby's previous singers range in style and performance: Mary J. Blige, Jordan Sparks, Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes all took center stage at Churchill Downs. 

McBride, for her part, is more than an accomplished artist, but one who has experience with this particular anthem. 

Here are a couple versions that might convince you to be in front of a TV for this iteration of the time-honored song. 

Here, she is at what the YouTube description states is the 2009 AFC Championship Game. 

McBride begins the 2011 Daytona 500:

From Daytona to the NFL to Churchill Downs, McBride will always be a wise choice to deliver the national anthem at just about any sporting event. 

The entire day will be filled with the usual pomp we have come to expect. Audacious hats and grand dresses rest comfortably alongside a sporting event with a festival's flair. 

The big booming voice of McBride fits perfectly. 


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