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Celebs saddle up for Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic
Posted 6/3/2012 6:51 PM ET
NEW YORK — Horses and hats and plenty of heat, oh my.

It's not summer in the city until the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic gallops into town. This time, the glitzy all-day event took place at Liberty State Park, with stunning views of both the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan. And the well-shod turned out in force to fete the elite sport of polo with the help of ample amounts of bubbly.

Brit Clive Owen was tapped to host the event. He's in New York shooting Blood Ties, with Mila Kunis and Zoe Saldana. "I had a day off and I'm really excited. I've never been to a polo match but I have some friends who play," he said. "For some reason, I've always been working when I've been invited."

As for the film, "It's all set in the '70s and is going great. We're shooting all over. You can't not shoot a film in New York and not love it. We're shooting in a lot of places I haven't visited, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx."

Other attendees included Minka Kelly, Saldana, Leslie Bibb and Jennifer Morrison. Rachel Zoe's son Skyler walked around the polo field, and nearby, Padma Lakshmi snapped photos of daughter Krishna. Saldana, clad in short shorts and a T-shirt, said that despite the bottles of Champagne clustered around every table, her favorite cocktail was "water."

Saldana, who was born in Jersey, was back at her old stomping grounds. "I'm from here," said Saldana, who got her start in New York City youth theater. "I'm loving it. Being able to spend the summer here is beautiful, and being able to work is great."

As for those more into sports than stars, you'll note that the Black Watch team, headed by hunky Nacho Figueras— the face of the Ralph Lauren Romance fragrance — beat the Nespresso team.

Posted 6/3/2012 6:51 PM ET
TV personality Padma Lakshmi was among the stars on hand for Saturday's Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.
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TV personality Padma Lakshmi was among the stars on hand for Saturday's Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic.

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