Prohibited Items

Upon entrance, guests will be encouraged to return such items to their vehicles or discard them. Churchill Downs will not be responsible for any items left near the entrances and such items may be thrown away.

Churchill Downs Race Day Prohibited Items :

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  • Poles or sticks of any size
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Balls
  • Frisbees or any projectile items
  • Tents
  • Canopies
  • Picnic or beach umbrellas
  • Balloons
  • Confetti
  • Folding chairs
  • Grills
  • Skateboards
  • Wagons
  • Hoverboards
  • Scooters
  • Laptop Computers and Camcorders
  • Drones and remote controlled aircraft
  • Glass bottles or containers
  • Thermoses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Food & Beverages (Except Oaks & Derby)-Visit Permitted Items for Oaks & Derby
  • Cans (any size or type), glass bottles or containers
  • Coolers at any gate
  • Fireworks, Noise Makers, Air horns, Laser Lights/Pointers or Pepper Spray
  • Animals, except for service animals
  • Banners and/or signs unless pre-approved
  • Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate
  • Weapons (including knives)
  • Illegal Substances
  • Luggage
  • Backpack and duffle bags

Permitted Items for Kentucky Oaks and Derby Days

  • 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” 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 **
  • SMALL PERSONAL MUSIC SYSTEMS, RADIOS & TELEVISIONS** (no boomboxes) ***
  • CELLULAR PHONES, SMARTPHONES & TABLETS **
  • SEAT CUSHIONS SMALLER THAN 15”x 15” – no metal arms and/or backs, zippers, pockets or flaps
  • STROLLERS (ONLY if carrying a child)
  • SUNSCREEN (non-glass containers only)
  • CHAIRS (permitted through the Infield Gate ONLY and cannot be carried to the frontside)
  • BINOCULARS
  • BLANKETS & TARPAULINS (Paddock and Infield Gates ONLY)

Please call (502) 636-4400 for additional Guest Services information.


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