Bravo will feature the very best in food, fashion and the celebrity experience associated with Kentucky Oaks 135 on “Ladies First: Bravo at the Kentucky Derby,” a one-hour special produced by NBC Sports, premiering on Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m. ET/PT. The special, hosted by NBC’s Bob Costas, “Access Hollywood’s” Nancy O’Dell, and “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Bethenny Frankel, celebrates a day for women and gives viewers a history on the fashion and festivities before and after the Oaks race. Tiki Barber will check-in live from the Infield Club with “Top Chef” series five finalist Stefan Richter, and season four and five “Top Chef” winners Stephanie Izard and Hosea Rosenberg.
“Housewives'” Bethenny Frankel, a fashionista, racing aficionada and bestselling author, will provide a female perspective to handicapping and betting at the fillies’ race, and along with Nancy O’Dell, co-host of “Access Hollywood” and author of “Full of Life,” will take viewers through the spectacular fashion and hats on display over the weekend.
“Top Chef: The Tour,” a state-of-the-art customized traveling kitchen with expansive space to accommodate cooks and fans alike, will make a special stop at the Kentucky Oaks in the Infield Club. The 21-city nationwide traveling tour for the No. 1 food show on cable, the Emmy and James Beard award-winning “Top Chef,” gives Bravo’s passionate fans the opportunity to interact with “chef’testants” Hosea, Stephanie and Stefan in Louisville in a more interactive way than ever before.
Kentucky Oaks 135, the companion event to the annual Kentucky Derby, will feature a day of events to raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, which leads the global movement for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community support. Churchill Downs Racetrack, host of the Kentucky Derby® and the Kentucky Oaks®, and Komen, formed a partnership to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research.
In addition, both organizations are working together to create special events throughout Oaks Day that will be featured in the “Ladies First” special, including a First Lady of Fashion Contest, a Survivors Parade and a special Kentucky Oaks winner’s circle formed by breast cancer survivors to celebrate the Kentucky Oaks winner’s victory on the track and the survivors’ victories over breast cancer. Since the official color of both the Kentucky Oaks and breast cancer awareness is pink, Churchill Downs is also staging a “Pink Out” at the track on Oaks Day and encouraging all Oaks attendees to wear pink or to incorporate pink into their attire for the day to show their support. Through the new partnership with Susan G. Komen, Churchill Downs will donate at least $100,000 to Komen by dedicating funds from Kentucky Oaks 135 general admission and reserve seating attendance.
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