Join us for an evening with one of the most colorful figures in the sport of thoroughbred racing. On Friday, August 2 at 7 pm, accomplished trainer John Parisella will share anecdotes from his memoir "From the Streets of Brooklyn to Trainer to the Stars: John Parisella's Lifetime of Celebrity Connections."
John Parisella enjoyed over five decades of adventures with the biggest names in sports and entertainment. In the early 1970s he appeared twice on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson," and on his second appearance was proclaimed the "Trainer to the Stars" by actor Jack Klugman because, at that time, Parisella was training horses for a stable of movie stars that included Klugman, Caan and Telly Savalas. He went drinking with Mantle; cajoled Steinbrenner into helping Joe Pepitone and lived with James Caan at the height of Caan's fame; became Pitino's close friend and was the intermediary with the New York Knicks as he orchestrated Pitino's move to become head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky; and, as Bethenny Frankel's stepfather, was the father-figure in the future Reality TV star's life as she was growing up.
Parisella will share stories from his remarkable life.