What You Can And Can't Bring To Oaks, Derby

The following items may be brought into Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby Days:

  • Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18"x 18" - no trash bags) - LIMIT TWO (2) PER PERSON
  • "Box" lunches if packaged in clear plastic bags or plastic containers (maximum size 18"x 18" - no trash bags) - LIMIT TWO (2) PER PERSON
  • Cellular telephones, cameras, and camcorders (patrons required to turn electronic items on before entry is allowed)
  • Small personal music systems, radios and televisions - no "boom boxes"
  • Binoculars
  • Purses and baby bags (all subject to search)
  • Chairs (Gate 3 only)
  • Blankets (Gates 1 & 3 for infield use only)
  • Tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 for infield use only)
  • Strollers (only if carrying a child - no other items allowed)

Items that may not be carried into the track on Derby and Oaks Days include:

  • Weapons of any kind (includes all knives and scissors)
  • Bottles and cans of any kind (includes all beverage and lotion containers - glass, plastic or metal)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Thermoses
  • Coolers
  • Grills
  • Backpacks, luggage and duffel bags
  • Wagons
  • Umbrellas

All patrons entering Churchill Downs on Oaks and Derby Days will be subject to the following security procedures:

  • Magnetic wand searches of all patrons at all track entrance gates
  • Limits on carry-in items for patrons and employees
  • High visibility and numbers 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

Dozens of local, state and federal law enforcement and government agencies will be involved in the security effort at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days, including the Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville Fire & Rescue, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Jefferson County Corrections, Kentucky State Police, the Kentucky National Guard, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secret Service.