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Preakness Experience To Include Celebrity Host Stacy Keibler And Chef Mike Isabella
BALTIMORE, 05-10-11---The Maryland Jockey Club announced today that reality television stars Stacy Keibler and Mike Isabella will be part of the Preakness® Stakes experience on Saturday, May 21 at Pimlico Race Course.
Keibler, who graduated from Catholic High School, attended Towson University and was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader before heading into the entertainment business as an actress and model after a successful stint in professional wrestling and “Dancing With The Stars”, will be introducing the performers on the main stage and interacting with the crowd in the beer garden as the official “celebrity host” of Preakness InfieldFEST, a role she performed in 2009.
“We are thrilled to welcome Stacy back to the 136th Preakness,” said Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas. “She is a classic local girl done good, whose hometown roots and love for Baltimore remain strong, though she now enjoys a very successful and international career in film and television. She was voted the most popular celebrity in Baltimore by the citizens of Maryland in a recent Baltimore Sun poll, so we are delighted to have her back at the state’s largest single day sporting event.”
Isabella, who is set to open his first restaurant, Graffiato, in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C, this spring, will be holding a pair of cooking demonstrations and tastings (12:30-1:15 & 3-3:45) in the Corporate Village, including a question and answer period. The runner-up on “Top Chef All-Stars” on Bravo, Isabella was the executive chef of Zaytinya in our nation’s capital for the last three years.
“We launched our celebrity chef experience in 2010 with the Voltaggio Brothers, who were outstanding in the role last year. We worked with our network partners at NBC to continue the tradition with Mike Isabella,” added Chuckas. “Who wouldn’t want to see one of the best chef’s in the world in an intimate setting, preparing classic Maryland cuisine and perhaps divulging a few culinary secrets along the way?”
Preakness Day attendance figures have topped six-figures in eight of the last 10 years, including a record 121,263 in 2007.
Preakness InfieldFEST features performances by Grammy winners Bruno Mars and Train as well as Hotspur on the main stage. The day-long multi-celebration festival experience will feature live music on the Jägermeister stage with Phil Vassar, Puddle of Mudd and Mr. Greengenes and also includes a bottomless MUG Club, a beer garden, bikini contest, cornhole tournament, NVL Pro Volleyball Tour and a Wagering 101 tent. Tickets are available at www.preakness.com/tickets or www.ticketmaster.com.