Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has released its list of security and hospitality policies and procedures for this year’s 140th
celebrations of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 3, and the Longines Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2.
The list mirrors
the revised list of policies and procedures from last year that was
issued following the attack on the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. As
it retains last year’s adjusted roster of security
and hospitality policies, 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.”
Most prominent among the policies for this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks 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;
Most of the remaining security procedures on Churchill Downs’ 2014 list
have been in place since sweeping changes to those policies were
formulated by the track and its security and safety partners and adopted
for the 2002 Kentucky Derby.
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.
“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
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
As has been the
case since 2002, when security procedures were completely overhauled
following the 9/11 terrorist attacks the previous autumn, all patrons entering the track on those days are subject
to electronic wand scans.
The complete list of Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks patron “do’s and don’ts” accompanies this press release.
The roster of policies and procedures is also listed on the official event
web pages at www.KentuckyDerby.com