Preakness Horses Matched With a Musician Equivalent

Pop Culture

The Preakness Stakes has strong ties to the musical landscape with the annual Infieldfest serving as a launching pad for many emerging superstars. The race itself is the perfect platform to create a “rock star” of a horse. The Brand Ambassadors did a little brainstorming and found some serious similarities between this year’s Preakness field and some of music’s most recognizable names. Here is what ensued:

Dynamic Impact - Pharrell

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  • Armed with plenty of talent, Dynamic Impact mulled around in 3-year-old Thoroughbred limbo, before capturing a his first major victory in the Illinois Derby.
  • Pharrell played a supporting role in many songs and finally broke through on his own with his latest hit, “Happy”.
  • Dynamic Impact would make his owners plenty “Happy” if he could steal a victory in the Preakness.
  • Nobody wants to be remembered as a one-hit wonder, so both Dynamic Impact and Pharrell still have a bit to prove before establishing themselves as elite in their respective fields.

General a Rod - Jason Derulo

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  • Both found early success in South Florida. General a Rod was victorious in the Gulfstream Park Derby on Jan. 1 at Gulfstream Park and Jason Derulo was born and raised nearby in Miami.
  • Derulo has taken the pop music world by storm with his hit single "Talk Dirty,” which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 list in 2013.
  • General a Rod attempted to "talk derby" two weeks ago but finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby. Will the Preakness be General A Rod's time to shine?

California Chrome - Adam Levine

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  • California Chrome is a popular star who was born in California.
  • Adam Levine also is a popular star who was born in California.
  • California Chrome made his debut under the radar and slowly reached stardom about a year after his debut.
  • Adam Levine (Maroon 5) debuted under the radar and the album slowly grew in popularity until it turned into a hit two years after its debut.
  • California Chrome proved to have some smooth moves on the racetrack.
  • Adam Levine sings about having “Moves Like Jagger”.

Ring Weekend - Jimi Hendrix

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  • Jimi Hendrix entered the United States Military in 1961 at the age of 19, where he was stationed in Fort Campbell, Ky.
  • Ring Weekend is owned in part by West Point Thoroughbreds, which takes its name from the United States Military Academy. 
  • Ring Weekend also spent time in Kentucky. He was born at Gainesway Farm in Lexington.
  • Hendrix is widely known as one of the greatest guitarists of all time ... his guitar playing was “magical”.
  • Ring Weekend also is a bit magical as a graded stakes winner out of a mare named Free the Magic.
  • Hendrix is in the United Kingdom Music Hall of Fame
  • Ring Weekend’s trainer, Graham Motion, is from the United Kingdom.

Bayern - Justin Bieber

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  • It’s all in the pedigree. Bayern is by Offlee Wild out of Alittlebitearly, who is by Thunder Gulch. That pedigree sounds like a rock star.
  • Who fits the pedigree? We know Justin Bieber is an energetic guy who’s shown he can be “Offlee Wild”.
  • Bieber has gotten in some trouble ‘Alittlebitearly’ in his career (he's only 20 years old).
  • Bieber has been spotted attending Oklahoma City 'Thunder' (Gulch) games from time to time.

Ria Antonia - Shania Twain

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  • Ria Antonia began her career racing at Woodbine in Canada.
  • Shania Twain, who is a lover of horses, also began her career in her native Canada.
  • Ria Antonia’s breakout performance was her win in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
  • Shania Twain’s was a breakout artist when her debut album became the best-selling album of all time by a female artist.
  • Some of Shania’s most popular songs are “From This Moment On,” “You’re Still the One” and “I Ain't No Quitter”.
  • Ria Antonia is trying to prove that she’s no quitter and that from this moment on she’s still the one that ran a big effort in the Breeders’ Cup.

Kid Cruz - Ricky Martin

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  • Kid Cruz is named after the football player Victor Cruz, who has a very popular touchdown salsa dance celebration.
  • Who else is a superstar salsa performer? Ricky Martin.
  • Ricky Martin’s biggest hits include “La Bomba (The Bomb)” and “Livin’ La Vida Loca”.
  • Kid Cruz is looking to upset the Preakness as a longshot bomb. If they get the win, Victor Cruz might show the connections some salsa moves and party like he’s “Livin’ La Vida Loca”.

Social Inclusion - Lenny Kravitz

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  • Unraced at 2, Social Inclusion and Lenny Kravitz both again their careers at the age of three.
  • Social Inclusion debuted in February of this year, Kravitz began crafting his musical skills by learning how to play the drums at the age of 3.
  • Social Inclusion is no stranger to running at a fast pace as he set a new track record at Gulfstream Park with a time of 1:40.97 for 1 1/16 miles on the main track in March.
  • Lenny Kravitz is known for his fast-paced music that is very "inclusive" of a number of different genres ranging from Rock to Funk to R&B to Folk.
  • At 5-to-1 odds, Social Inclusion is the second favorite on the morning line for Saturday's Preakness Stakes - is he going to be the one challenge California Chrome and "Fly Away" with the win? We shall see!

Pablo Del Monte - Pitbull

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  • Both the horse and rap mogul are Florida born and raised.
  • Pitbull chose his stage name after that breed of dog’s fierce, determined mentality.
  • Pablo Del Monte’s trainer, Wesley Ward, passed up an entry in the Kentucky Derby, choosing instead to prime Pablo Del Monte for a trip to the Preakness.
  • Pitbull’s lyrics are usually delivered in a speedy fashion and Pablo Del Monte is widely regarded as one of the race’s speed horses.

Ride On Curlin - Johnny Cash

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  • Johnny Cash is a native of the state of Arkansas.
  • Ride On Curlin spent the winter in Arkansas, where he was second in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.
  • Johnny Cash often portrayed an “outlaw image.”
  • Ride On Curlin is also a bit of an outlaw, being notoriously ornery around the barn with a habit of biting!
  • Johnny Cash was a “rags to riches” story, having become one of the most popular musicians of all time after humble beginnings as a cotton picker.
  • Ride On Curlin could also be a “rags to riches” story, having cost only $25,000 at auction even though he was sired by champion Curlin.

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