- Road to the Kentucky Derby
- Racing & Wagering
- Derby Experience
- Plan Your Visit
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 140th runnings of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 2 and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 3. 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 2) & Derby (May 3) days at 8 a.m. (all times Eastern). First post is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on both days.
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