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What you can and can't take to Oaks and Derby

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – It won't be long before thousands of people will make their way to Churchill Downs for the 140th Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby.

In order to keep everyone safe Churchill Downs released a list of items that are banned from the track during the May 2 and May 3 races.

The banned items are;

  • Coolers
  • Cans, glass bottles or containers
  • Pop-up or patron tents also, no poles or stakes of any kind
  • Laptop computers
  • Camcorders
  • Cameras with detachable lenses, or equipped with a lens that is 6" or longer
  • Tripods
  • Purses larger than 12" in any dimension
  • Grills
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Thermoses
  • Backpacks
  • Luggage (includes briefcases)
  • Duffel bags
  • Wagons
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons (including knives)
  • Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper sprays

Items that will be permitted include;

  • Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18" x 18" - no trash bags)
  • Box lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (max. size 18" x 18", no trash bags)
  • Water & soft drinks – plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)
  • Purses, but none larger than 12" in any dimension (subject to search)
  • Baby/diaper bags – only if accompanied by a child (subject to search)
  • Small cameras – none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses of 6" or more 
  • Binoculars
  • Sunscreen (non-glass containers only)
  • Small personal music systems, radios & televisions (no boom boxes)
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets
  • Seat cushions (without back)
  • Strollers (only if carrying a child)
  • Chairs (Gate 3 only)
  • Blankets and tarpaulins (Gates 1 and 3 only)

Churchill Downs set a limit of two bags per person. Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items.

Churchill Downs officials said all patrons are subject to magnetic wand scans before entry. They would also like to remind everyone who attends to notify police if they see suspicious activity at the track.

Admission Gates 1, 3, 10 and 17 will open for Oaks Day, May 2 and Derby Day, May 3 at 8 a.m. First post is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on both days.

For additional information, click here or call (502) 636-4400.

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