Headed to Oaks and Derby? Here's a list of what you can and can't take

04/18/2014 09:24 PM

Churchill Downs has released this years list of things you can and can’t bring to the Oaks and Derby this year and there should be no surprises as the list is the same as last year.

Among the items permitted for carry-in on both days are:

  • Food items and box lunches contained in clear plastic bags or clear plastic containers measuring no larger than 18” x 18”.
  • Water and soft drinks in plastic bottles that are sealed and unopened; Sunscreen (in non-glass containers only).
  • Purses measuring less than 12” in any dimension, and baby and diaper bags, if accompanied by a child.
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets (patrons could be required to turn on electronic items before being allowed to enter the track).
  • Small cameras with non-detachable lenses no longer than six inches.

Among the items NOT permitted for carry-in on both days are:

  • A ban on carry-in coolers. Patrons will not be allowed bring their own coolers; however, coolers and ice will be available at several infield purchase points.
  • Purses or bags measuring more than 12 inches in any dimension will not be allowed through any admission gate.
  • Cans of any size or type and glass bottles and containers will not be permitted.
  • Patron and pop-up tents are prohibited. Poles and stakes of any kind are not permitted.
  • A ban on laptop computers, cameras with detachable lenses, cameras with attached lenses measuring six inches or more, camcorders and tripods.

“Our sincere hope is that every fan who visits Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks has an amazing experience,” said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs. “Our fans have told us that they feel safe when they visit our racetrack. We are thankful for the tireless efforts of nearly 40 law enforcement, security and safety agencies who work together with Churchill Downs team members each year on security and safety policies for these great events.

“In addition to maintaining tightened security policies, we are again asking that our patrons be aware of their surroundings and to say something to a uniformed security officer or a member of our Churchill Downs staff if they see something that seems out of the ordinary. ‘If you see something, say something’ is an important thought for all to remember.”

Churchill Downs officials are again asking Derby and Oaks patrons to be aware during their visits on both days and to heed a simple, but important, reminder: “If you see something, say something.”

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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