See Something, Say Something: Added Security at 2013 Kentucky Derby

Posted by Matt Cullen on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 @ 11:11 AM

See Something, Say Something

In response to the recent attacks in Boston, Churchill Downs Racetrack will strengthen security and hospitality policies and expand screenings for patrons, employees and vendors for the 139
th runnings of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

After consulting with many federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety agencies, Churchill Downs is asking fans to participate in making the 2013 Derby and Oaks racing and entertainment celebrations safe and enjoyable.

To ensure additional safety, Churchill Downs’ 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 original list of banned carry-in items can be found here. Additional banned items are listed below:

    • Coolers – Coolers will no longer be permitted for carry-in to the infield. 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

All patrons who enter Churchill Downs on Derby and Oaks Days will be subject to an electronic wand search at admission gates. Prohibited items removed during the admissions process will not be held for retrieval at the conclusion of racing programs.

List of Prohibited/Permitted Items

Be sure to read the complete list of prohibited items and make sure that you and your entire group is prepared for attending this year’s Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks.

3 Ways to Prepare for Added Security

Here is a list of the top 3 things you can do to prepare for the added security

  1. Please Read: Read the complete list of prohibited & permitted items for the 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks
  2. Double, Triple, Quadruple Check:  Double check all items that you are bringing with you before leaving your hotel room or home before arriving at Churchill Downs
  3. When in Doubt, Leave It: If you have any particular belongings that you question will pass security checkpoints, it’s best that you leave them at home. Any items confiscated at security points will not be returned. When in doubt, just leave it at home.

In a recent press release, Churchill Downs stated, “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.’

We hope that everyone will adhere to these new security measures and understand that they are put in place for the safety and security of patrons. The 2013 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks will go on as scheduled and should be exciting events for all of those in attendance.


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