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Video: Budweiser's Clydesdale ad takes a dark turn


...Because he's Conan:

All kidding aside, the original Clydesdale ad that ran during the Super Bowl has made some real waves since it aired.  The heart-tugging tale of a trainer and the horse he raised topped all other ads in the race for No. 1 commercial Sunday night, edging out No. 2 -- Proctor & Gamble's Tide ad.

Additionally, the three-week-old star of Budweiser's commercial now has a name, as chosen by viewers -- Hope:

Anheuser-Busch said Tuesday that its contest to find a name for the foal born Jan. 16 at the company’s Clydesdale ranch in mid-Missouri generated more than 60,000 tweets, Facebook comments and other messages. Hope was one of the more popular names generated through the social media effort.

Other suggestions were nods to the song featured in the commercial, including Landslide — the name of the song — and Stevie — for Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.

“We were overwhelmed by the response we got,” Lori Shambro, brand director for Budweiser, said in a statement.

“Many of our fans wanted a name to reflect their optimism and spirit, which the name Hope encapsulates beautifully,” Shambro said.

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