Are ‘The Real Housewives’ off to the Races?

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Intel has been tipped that shooting has commenced on season three of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the inexplicably popular Bravo reality show shot in and around the metro area.

We’re hearing that NeNe Leakes, Kim Zolciak, Lisa Wu Hartwell, Sheree Whitfield and Kandi Burruss could be hat shopping for this weekend’s Atlanta Steeplechase benefit at Kingston Downs located between Rome and Cartersville.

The annual horse race is a benefit for the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation of Atlanta and the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

The ladies and their TV cameras may even have a seat inside the prestigious sold-out Chairman’s Tent where tables go for $2,000 a piece and attendees are doted on by St. Regis hotel butlers and chefs.

Spies behind the scenes say Burruss has been asked to perform The National Anthem as well.

While  the ritzy Chairman’s Tent seats are all gone, tickets are still available for the more economical RV Village where attendees pay $350 for eight tickets and turn up with their recreational vehicles and coolers.

Go to the official Steeplechase website for details.

Somehow, we can visualize Kim Zolciak sitting outside a trailer on a lawn chair with her chin deeply descended into a bag of Funyuns.

Or maybe we’re just having a flashback to her pink flamingo-enhanced Atlanta magazine photo shoot last year…

On Friday morning, B98.5 FM’s Vikki Locke told Intel on air that she has tickets to this weekend’s Steeplechase festivities and plans to do some spying for listeners and Intel readers concealed beneath a big floppy hat.

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