Little Change in Hospitality and Security Policies for 132nd Derby and Kentucky Oaks

Edited press release

Hospitality, security policies, and procedures in place at Churchill Downs in recent years for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) will reflect one small change for this year's 132nd renewals of the races May 5 and 6.

The minor alteration in the policies is an addition to the list of items that patrons may bring into the track. This year's attendees may bring seat cushions into the facility through all entrances. Those padded cushions may not have a back.

Patrons who attend the historic track's marquee events should again expect magnetic wand searches at all Churchill Downs entrances; limits on the types of items that patrons may carry into the track, including a ban on coolers of any type; and higher visibility of uniformed security personnel in all areas of the track.

The hospitality, guest service, and security efforts at the Derby and Oaks will again include the location of a "general store" in the infield. The store, located near the tunnels from the clubhouse to the infield, will be operated by Levy Restaurants, Churchill Downs' food service provider. The store will offer food, drink, coolers, and other items that may not be brought into the track.

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)
--Alcoholic beverages
--Backpacks, luggage and duffel bags

Information on the Kentucky Derby is available at Additional information on the Kentucky Oaks may be found at