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Security changes at Kentucky Derby this weekend

The 2015 Kentucky Derby kicks off this weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville. (IFOX19 NOW/file) The 2015 Kentucky Derby kicks off this weekend at Churchill Downs in Louisville. (IFOX19 NOW/file)
LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) - The 2015 Kentucky Derby kicks off this weekend at Churchill Downs.

The Kentucky Oaks Day starts Friday followed by the Kentucky Derby Saturday.

There are some major security changes this year. The biggest one is a no re-entry policy. Patrons will not be allowed back into the track once they leave.

This new rule stems from security issues around wait times at the gates. Organizers are trying to protect patrons from being victimized by the sale of counterfeit tickets outside of the track. 

The list of prohibited items inside the track also has been expanded to include selfie sticks, and remote controlled aircrafts or drones. 

Other prohibited items:

  • Coolers (Styrofoam coolers, ice will be available at infield purchase points)
  • Cans (any size or type), glass bottles or containers
  • Pop-up or patron tents – no poles or stakes of any kind
  • Laptop computers and camcorders
  • Cameras with detachable lenses or equipped with a lens that is 6” or longer
  • Purses larger than 12" in any dimension
  • Grills
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal substances
  • Thermoses
  • Luggage (includes briefcases)
  • Duffel bags
  • Wagons
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons (including knives)Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper sprays
  • Animals (with the exception of service animals for guests with disabilities)
  • Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate

Here is what you can take in:

  • Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18” x 18” - no trash bags)*
  • Box lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18” s 18” - no trash bags)
  • Water and soft drinks - plastic bottles only (sealed, clear and unopened)
  • Purses smaller 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 and televisions (no boom boxes)
  • Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets
  • Seat cushions smaller than 15" x 15" that do not contain metal arms and/or backs, zippers, pockets or flaps
  • Strollers (only if carrying a child)Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY)Blankets and tarpaulins (Gates 1 and 3 ONLY)
  •  Limit two bags per person 
  • Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items. Those who arrive with any prohibited items will be required to return them to their vehicles or dispose of them. 

*The track does not store prohibited items for pick-up later in the day.

22 horses are entered to race:

  • International Star (Miguel Mena)
  • Dortmund (Martin Garcia)
  • Carpe Diem (John Velazquez)
  • American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza)
  • Frosted (Joel Rosario)
  • Mubtaahij-IRE(Christophe Soumillon)
  • Materiality (Javier Castellano)
  • El Kabeir (Calvin Borel)
  • Upstart (Jose Ortiz)
  • Far Right (Mike Smith)
  • Itsaknockout (Luis Saez)
  • Firing Line (Gary Stevens)
  • Danzig Moon (Julien Leparoux)
  • War Story (Joe Talamo)
  • Tencendur (Manny Franco)
  • Stanford(Florent Geroux)
  • Mr. Z (Ramon Vazquez)
  • Ocho Ocho Ocho (Elvis Trujillo)
  • Bolo (Rafael Bejarano)
  • Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux)
  • Frammento (Corey Nakatani) and Tale of Verve (Brian Hernandez Jr.) are on the “also eligible” listz
  • Charles Fipke's Tale of Verve, based at Churchill Downs in Dallas Stewart's Barn 48, was a surprise late entry

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