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Churchill Downs Tightens Security Policy

Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) will strengthen security and hospitality policies and expand screenings for patrons, employees and vendors who will enter the track for the 139th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4, and the Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 3. 
 
Churchill Downs officials are asking fans to participate in making the 2013 Derby and Oaks racing and entertainment celebrations safe and enjoyable by being aware of their surroundings during their visits to the historic track. Should any patron see an activity that might be unusual or suspicious, they’re urged to notify a member of the racetrack team or security personnel working in and around the track. Derby and Oaks fans are urged to keep a simple phrase in mind: “See Something, Say Something.”
 
Following consultation with many of the dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement and public safety agencies that work annually with Churchill Downs to ensure safe and enjoyable patron experiences at the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, track officials have released a revised list of Derby and Oaks “Dos and Don’ts” – items permitted for patron carry-in to the track on those days and items that are banned. The track had issued its 2013 policies and procedures April 12, but Churchill Downs and its law enforcement and safety partners launched a further review of those practices following Monday’s bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon.
 
Additions to the list of items banned for carry-in to Churchill Downs in the revised Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks security and hospitality polices include:
 
  • Coolers – Removed from the list on banned items in 2009, coolers will no longer be permitted for carry-in to the infield. Styrofoam coolers and ice will be available at infield purchase points; 
  • Camcorders, tripods and video equipment;
  • Cameras with detachable lenses, cameras equipped with lenses more than six inches in length, and tripods of any kind.
  • Purses must be 12 inches or less in any dimension;
  • Cans of any kind and size;
  • Fireworks, laser lights and pointers and mace/pepper spray;
  • Noisemakers and air horns.
       
Additionally, all patrons who enter Churchill Downs on those days will be subject to an electronic wand search at admission gates (1, 3, 10 and 17) and employee, vendor and media entrances. All items carried into the track by persons passing through those gates are subject to search by officers from Churchill Downs security and its law enforcement partners.  Searches could occur outside or inside the track’s admission gates. Prohibited items removed during the admissions process will not be held for retrieval at the conclusion of those racing programs. 
 
“Churchill Downs relies strongly on the experience and expertise of our law enforcement and public safety partners, and they endorsed these changes in our Kentucky Derby and Oaks security procedures,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “Our reassessment of security procedures was prompted by Monday’s tragedy in Boston, and it has led to a strengthening of safety practices that we hope will ease any concerns Derby and Oaks fans might have following this week’s events. 
 
“While large numbers of our Churchill Downs team and our law enforcement and public safety partners will be working around and throughout our grounds, fans can play a role in ensuring that the Kentucky Derby and Oaks are enjoyable and safe events. If any patron sees an activity or behavior that seems unusual or suspicious, we hope they will report it to members of our guest service and security teams and allow us to check it out. We want fans to have a wonderful and unforgettable Oaks and Derby Days, but we hope they will remember these words: ‘If you see something, say something.’
 
Churchill Downs overhauled its security policies and procedures prior to the 2002 renewals of the Kentucky Derby and Oaks. That effort was a response to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and most of the changes implemented then remain in place today. A small number of policies had been relaxed in recent years, but the 2013 adjustments reinstate most of those. For instance, coolers were allowed in the infield in 2009 following a 2002-08 ban, but now are back on the “don’t” portion of the Derby and Oaks “Dos and Don’ts” list.
 
As they have since 2002, Churchill Downs officials urge patrons to arrive early on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Days to accommodate search procedures. Admission gates will open at 8 a.m. (all times Eastern) on both days, with post time for each day’s first race scheduled for 10:30 a.m.      
 
The list of items that will not be permitted for carry-in on Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Day includes (with changes and adjustments from 2012 in ALL CAPS):
 
  • COOLERS (Styrofoam coolers and ice available at infield purchase points at prices comparable to those at off-track retailers);
  • CANS, glass bottles or containers;
  • CAMCORDERS;
  • CAMERAS WITH DETACHABLE LENSES
  • CAMERAS WITH LENSES MORE THAN SIX INCHES IN LENGTH;
  • TRIPODS;
  • PURSES LARGER THAN 12 INCHES IN ANY DIMENSION;
  • Pop up and patron tents, no poles or stakes of any kind;
  • Grills;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Thermoses;
  • Backpacks;
  • Luggage (includes briefcases);
  • Duffel bags;
  • Wagons;
  • Umbrellas;
  • Weapons (including knives).
  • FIREWORKS;
  • NOISEMAKERS AND AIR HORNS;
  • LASER LIGHTS AND POINTERS;
  • MACE, PEPPER SPRAY OR OTHER PERSONAL DEFENSE SPRAYS.
 
Items permitted for carry-in by patrons on Oaks and Derby Days include (with changes and adjustments from 2012 in ALL CAPS):
 
  • Purses, but NONE LARGER THAN 12 INCHES IN ANY DIMENSION (all subject to search);
  • Baby/diaper bags – ONLY IF ACCOMPANIED BY A CHILD (all subject to search);
  • SMALL CAMERAS, BUT NONE EQUIPPED WITH DETACHABLE LENSES OR LENSES MORE THAN 6 INCHES;
  • Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags – limit of two bags per person);
  • “Box” lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18” X 18” - no trash bags);
  • Sunscreen (non-glass containers only);
  • Small personal music systems, radios and televisions (no boomboxes)
  • Cellular telephones, smartphones and tablets (patrons could be required to turn devices on);
  • Binoculars;
  • Seat cushions (without back);                                        
  • Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child);
  • Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY);
  • Blankets & Tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY). 
 

 

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Nice pick. I remember he had won the Florida Derby earlier, but his last race prior to the Derby, was a clunker, I think, in the Bluegrass Stakes. I was almost certain that Lukas didn't have that horse as his premier horse. I think it was Timber Country that year.
CFC..I had pick Thunder Gulch for the victory that year.
My first, and only Kentucky Derby, was 1995(Thunder Gulch). Oklahoma City was bombed two weeks earlier(anniversary is tomorrow), and we walked into Churchill, when the gates immediately opened. It was surreal to see hundreds of bomb-sniffing German Shepherds led by policemen through the grandstands. Nothing turned up, but I didn't feel any invasion of my privacy. I had a sense of security. Now, if only I could've latched on to that 25-1 bomb, but, I took the horse that ran second, Tejano Run.
Lisa, With these nut jobs running around and blowing up shit, I would be concern and want air tight security too. @Goblin I doubt that these nut jobs will target the horses or the barn area. They want maximum human causality and that would be the grandstand area.
I think barn area cameras are a very good idea.
Most of the measures listed in the above article were in use for the 2004 Breeders' Cup (the last one I attended) with snipers on the roof as well. I think the barn areas should be under camera surveillance for this year's Kentucky Derby as an added precaution, too.
Provoke me? I've attacked no one. Just something I noticed.
Wow.... Not getting into how ugly of a comment that was. Just like your comment on the thread with me and LAZ's discussion, basically calling me, Lisa and Jay ignorant. All in all, what a disgusting, ugly, rude comment, truly. Yeah, I'm certainly looking for attention on the INTERNET where people can't even see me... Right. No. A person I love to death died in a car accident, and a good friend of mine got hurt at Boston... really, attention seeking? You don't know how ugly that comment was... For all the crying, going to the funeral, the news a DAY AFTER THE FUNERAL that ANOTHER friend was hurt in Boston? You really think people that mean THAT MUCH to me is less important than "attention seeking"???? What an ugly comment. Just plain ugly. You're embarrassing yourself on this thread, as me nor Lisa did anything to provoke you. Just ugly, embarrassing, rude, immature and cruel conduct....
Seems legit
No actually I don't care to enlighten you. I could care less about you.
"Little smart ass punk", I suppose that's your way of saying "you got me". Tormenting people my only joy in life... hmm, you don't seem to be in a good mood. "Nothing short is a catastrophe", that makes absolutely no sense, care to enlighten me?
Don't like attention seekers, hmm? Rafirox, the man who managed to turn buckpasser's post about the marathon to himself
Litlle smart ass punk. Yes, I want it all. Nothing short is a catastrophe. Go torment someone else. It seems to be your only joy in life.
Lisa. I assume you now know of my obsession and love of the great Barbaro. I've been to six Preakness Stakes (going to my seventh), and I'm glad that wasn't one of them. I love these horses so much, and when I thought about Boston, I immediately thought about how the horses should get bumped up security.As for the other TC races. The Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes are on my bucket list. I'm going to try to get 2014 Derby tickets, if possible. I'll wait a whil longer for the Belmont, though.
After Boston? WTF? Do you really think that Boston will trigger a series of terrorist attacks and bombings? Did 9/11 trigger a series of them? It was sad, sure, but increasing security is not needed and increasing it to the max is unthinkable. The situation was handled very well, only 2 killed, it could've been much worse but authorities cleaned it up to the best I think humanely possible. Do you really want to see squat teams in the paddock and walking down the shedrows on the back side May 4?
Thanks Rafi, there are maybe 3 or 4 people on this site that really have severe problems. I just have to look away and concentrate on the ones that appreciate horse racing instead of the ones who have a need to be noticed. I will be at the Preakness too and of course the Belmont this year. The horses and everyone participating must be safe.
Security to the max, do you know what to the max entails? Helicopters flying overhead, policemen everywhere, road blocks creating immense traffic, metal detectors like the airport, stripping down to make sure you haven't weapons, you don't want that. Security being increased is OK, I suppose, but to the max is crazy? Are you completely out of you mind with that idiotic comment??!!
Lisa... I'm trying to resist comments to him... the immature ones... But, I will direct you. I'm going to the Preakness, and I sure hope they have extra security. For my safety, my kids safety, your safety, everyone else's safety, and most importantly, the horses safety. I'm glad extra security is being distribruted after Boston.
Are you completely out of you mind with that idiotic comment??!!
WHAT??

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