THIS year’s Breeders’ Cup anthem, “Stateside,” written and performed by 14-year-old Banagher singer Mark Boylan, is now available as a download on iTunes.
Mark wrote the song from his bedroom a little over a month ago and, after uploading the video on YouTube where it now has over 5,700 hits, the Breeders’ Cup invited him over to the States to perform the tune before thousands at the World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5.
Mark recently rerecorded “Stateside” in a professional recording studio, adding bass guitar and drums, along with harmonies in the chorus. The new high-quality audio version is now available for download on iTunes for $1.29. At Mark’s request, all proceeds from the download will benefit The Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF).
Nancy LaSala, Executive Director of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund commented, “The men and women that the PDJF serves are appreciative of all involved in making ‘Stateside’ available to the public during the Breeders Cup World Championships.”
“I’m so happy my song can help support the athletes who have been so seriously injured in the sport we love. I’ve worked to raise money for injured jockeys in Ireland, and hope fans will join the effort to help jockeys in need in the U.S,” said Mark Boylan.
Mark along with his father, mother and younger sister are all scheduled to arrive in Kentucky on October 31 for a once-in-a-lifetime Breeders’ Cup week experience.