Churchill Downs will again station guest service and hospitality representatives at locations throughout the track to respond to questions or concerns posed by patrons on Derby and Oaks Days. "The Derby and Oaks fans from throughout our region and across the United States, along with those that join us from around the world readily and easily adjusted to the major changes in our security and hospitality procedures when they were implemented four years ago," said Steve Sexton, president of Churchill Downs. "These procedures are now a regular part of the Derby and Oaks experience, and many patrons have told us that they enjoy these marvelous days of racing more now than ever before."
Nearly 40 local, state, and federal law enforcement and government agencies will be involved in the Derby and Oaks security effort at Churchill Downs. Agencies that joined the track in the development of security policies for this year's events include the Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Fire & Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Metro Louisville Corrections, Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky National Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Secret Service. Security procedures and policies for the 2006 Kentucky Derby and Oaks include: --Magnetic wand searches of patrons at all track entrance gates
--Limits on carry-in items for patrons and employees
--Visibility of security personnel in all areas of the track
--Placement of barriers outside the track's admission gates
--Security sweeps of vehicles (buses, limousines and vendor vehicles that enter the track)
--Vehicles parked in all Churchill Downs lots are subject to search.
Items that may be carried by patrons through all admission gates at Churchill Downs unless otherwise noted include: --Food items in clear plastic bags, limit two per person (maximum size 18"x 18," no trash bags)
--"Box" lunches if packaged in clear plastic bags or plastic containers, limit two per person (maximum size 18"x 18," no trash bags)
--Cellular telephones, cameras, and camcorders
--Small personal music systems, radios, and televisions, no "boom boxes"
--Purses and baby bags (all subject to search)
--Strollers (only if carrying a child--no other items allowed)
--Seat cushions (no backs)
--Chairs (Gate 3 only)
--Blankets (Gates 1 and 3 for infield use only)
--Tarpaulins (Gates 1 and 3 for infield use only) Items that may not be carried into the track on Derby and Oaks Days include: --Weapons of any kind (including all knives and scissors)
--Bottles and cans of any kind (includes all beverage and lotion containers--glass, plastic, or metal)
--Backpacks, luggage and duffel bags
--Umbrellas Information on the Kentucky Derby is available at www.kentuckyderby.com. Additional information on the Kentucky Oaks may be found at www.kentuckyoaks.com.