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What to Know
Read This Before You Head to the Track!
As you plan your trip to Churchill Downs for Kentucky Derby weekend, be sure to review the list of items that are permitted and those that cannot be brought into the racing facility.
Churchill Downs’ hospitality and security procedures have been modified for the 141st runnings of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 1 and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 2. The adjusted policies are listed below.
All patrons are subject to magnetic wand scans before entry to the track on both days. Oaks and Derby patrons are advised to arrive early to accommodate search procedures at all admission gates. Admission gates (1, 3, 10 and 17) will be open on Oaks (May 1) & Derby (May 2) days at 8 a.m. (all times Eastern). First post is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on both days.
Prohibited items and items determined not to be appropriate for entry into Churchill Downs will be the responsibility of the ticketholder and cannot be accepted or checked by Churchill Downs. We urge patrons to secure these items in their vehicles or discard them. Churchill Downs and its security partners will not store prohibited or excluded items for patrons. There is no re-entry after exiting the facility; patrons are not permitted to leave Churchill Downs and return on the same ticket. Re-admittance will be allowed only in case of emergency.
General Admission guests who use GATE 3 will need to have their general admission tickets in hand before they approach Gate 3. Gate 3 entrants can purchase tickets at the Box Office on Fourth Street, directly across from the Gate 3 Admission entrance. General Admission guests without chairs may enter through Gate 10, Gate 17, and Gate 1.
Patrons are reminded: “If you see something, say something.”
If you see something unusual please immediately call 502-636-4526 to report it.
Permitted Items on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days
Banned Items on Kentucky Derby and Oaks Days
* Limit of two bags per person
** Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items