Kentucky Derby Party at Empire City with Bethenny Frankel: Media Advisory

Bethenny Frankel, the star of The Real Housewives of NY, will be at Empire City Casino for the Kentucky Derby. Here are the details. The Public is welcome.

BETHENNY FRANKEL HEAD SHOTContact:‎ John Cirillo, Cirillo World: 914-260-7436,


 The Real Housewives of NY Star Bethenny Frankel Celebrates Kentucky Derby at Empire City Casino; The Skinnygirl Mogul Dishes Details on Derby Drink Recipes, Mixes and Mingles with Fans

Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Photo, Video & Select Interview Opportunities with Frankel from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

 WHAT:                 Kentucky Derby Day at Empire City Casino with Celebrity Guest, Bethenny Frankel.

 The Real Housewives of NY star and Skinnygirl mogul, Bethenny Frankel will be at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway celebrating Kentucky Derby Day and conducting a meet and greet with fans on Saturday May 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The casino will be hosting a variety of events and festivities open to the public for Derby Day including their annual “Fancy Derby Hat Contest,” with Bethenny as the celebrity judge. Among other prizes and giveaways, the contestant with Bethenny’s favorite hat will receive $750.  All attendees can mix, mingle and pose for photos with Bethenny and watch the Kentucky Derby trackside at the casino’s Derby Viewing Party. The viewing party will include musical entertainment by DJ LAX, a beer garden, a food tent with items and beverages for purchase, and 80 inch screens showing the races and festivities at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The Kentucky Derby post time is 6:24 p.m. and betting windows will open at 10:00 a.m. In addition, Frankel will be presenting her Skinnygirl spin on the classic derby drink – ‘Cooler Than Julep’ (for purchase). No stranger to horse racing as her late father, Robert Frankel was one of the most successful and respected American thoroughbred horse race trainers in the history of racing.  Bethenny will surely share her picks for Win, Place, Show!

WHEN:                   Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bethenny will be at the casino and available for media opportunities from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 WHERE:              Empire City Casino

810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers, NY

Media opportunities and guest meet and greets with Bethenny will take place at the Trackside at the Winners Circle.

MEDIA RSVP:     Media must RSVP for this event.  Please contact John Cirillo, Cirillo World: 914-260-7436,, or, (631) 807-1088; Josh  Knoller,, (201) 294-9586.

DIRECTIONS:      Empire City Casino is located off I-87 at Central Park Avenue. Free general parking is available at the Central Park Avenue or Yonkers Avenue entrances. Valet parking is available at the Central Park Avenue & Clark Street entrance for $15.

To the Winner’s Circle:

From General Parking – Located on the right side of the racetrack before the casino entrance.

From Valet Parking –  Located through the casino, passing Dan Rooney’s Pub and Promotions Booth and Cashier on the right, taking a left at Lil’ Cocina and through the racetrack.

The  full Release below:

If you’re not going to Churchill Downs in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, Empire City Casino is the place for New Yorkers to watch the “Run for the Roses.” Real Housewives of New York megastarBethenny Frankel, the daughter of the late and legendary Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, will host the casino’s Kentucky Derby Viewing Party on Saturday, May 7, trackside at historic Yonkers Raceway.

 A bevy of trackside activities at the casino’s historic Yonkers Raceway will be highlighted by the opportunity to meet and take a photograph in the winner’s circle with the wildly-popular Frankel from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The annual Kentucky Derby “Fancy Hat Contest,” a free two-horse exacta box on the “Run for the Roses” to the first 1,000 Empire Club members, the Cooler than Julep made with Bethenny’s and Skinny Girl Vodka, live entertainment by DJ LAX, and of course the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby at 6:34 pm will turn Empire City into Churchill Downs East.

Empire City’s Kentucky Derby extravaganza is open to the public, and gets underway at 3:00 pm on the raceway apron.

Frankel is among the most popular reality television personalities in America with 1.5 million twitter followers, has hosted the talk show Bethenny, and is the best-selling author of four self-help books, chef, entrepreneur, and founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails.

Participants can register for the Fancy Hat Contest trackside from 3:00-4:30 pm, and the winner will be announced at 5:00 pm. The Grand Prize is $500 in cash; second place wins $250 cash, and third place receives $100 cash. A celebrity pick will be announced at 5:30pm and the winner receives $750 cash.

While the traditional and classic Mint Julep is on the menu, the Cooler than Julep will take center stage at Empire City. Its ingredients include: Skinny Vodka, Lime, and Mint.

Simulcast locations include: trackside, the Winner’s Circle Bar in Empire Terrace on the 2nd Floor, the Simulcast Room on the 3rd Floor, the 4th floor Grandstand and Dan Rooney’s Sports Bar.

The first 1,000 Empire Club Members to visit the entertainment lounge beginning at 4:00 pm will receive a two-horse exacta box for the Kentucky Derby whiles supplies last.

About Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway:

Empire City Casino is one of the largest entertainment and gaming destinations in the northeast. Featuring 5,300 of the hottest slots, electronic  craps, roulette, baccarat and sic bo, Empire City Casino also offers guests  year-round harness racing and International simulcasting, live entertainment including the best party, tribute and Latin bands, comedy, New York’s hottest DJ’s, and more. A plethora of dining options will satisfy even the most discerning palate with Italian cuisine at Nonno’s Trattoria; Dan Rooney’s, a high-energy sports bar; Alley 810, a craft cocktail lounge with retro bowling lanes; and  convenient delicious options at the International Food Court or Lil’ Cocina. Visit Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (off I-87 at Central Avenue) Yonkers, NY, Westchester County, open seven days a week from 10:00am to 6:00am. Visit or call 914.968.4200 for information.


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