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Bethenny Frankel Heads To Yonkers Casino On Kentucky Derby Day

Bethanny Frankel will be the celebrity judge in a "Fancy Derby Hat Contest" at Empire Casino in Yonkers.
Bethanny Frankel will be the celebrity judge in a "Fancy Derby Hat Contest" at Empire Casino in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Submitted

YONKERS, N.Y. -- "The Real Housewives of New York City" star and creator of the Skinnygirl brand, Bethenny Frankel will be at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway for Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 7.

Frankel will be the celebrity judge in the "Fancy Derby Hat Contest," among Derby Day events that are open to the public.

Hat Contest participants can register free from 3 to 4:30 p.m., with the winner announced at 5 p.m.

Among other prizes and giveaways, the contestant with Frankel's favorite hat will receive $750. All contestants that register with an appropriate Derby Hat will receive $10 Free Play.

Frankel will be available to mix and mingle with attendees from 6 to 7:30 p.m. In addition, she will serve her Skinnygirl cocktail, "Cooler Than the Julep," a spin on the classic Derby drink.

The first 1,000 Empire Club Members to visit the Entertainment Lounge starting at 4 p.m. will receive one two-horse exacta box ticket for the Kentucky Derby (one per Empire Club member).

A Derby Party is set from 3 to 8 p.m. trackside.Along with the hat contest, the day features drinks, music and racing.

To recreate Frankel's Mint Julep at home, follow the below recipe:

  • ¼ lime
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 Skinny stevia
  • MUDDLE
  • 1.4 oz skinny cucumber vodka
  • 2 & ½ oz skinny moscato
  • Shake over Ice

The Empire Casino is located at 810 Yonkers Ave.

For more information, call (914) 968-4200.

The 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby is at 6:34 p.m. at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky.

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