04/09/2015 11:36AM

Churchill Downs bans re-entry on Oaks, Derby days


Attendees of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby cards at Churchill Downs in Louisville this year will no longer be able to get back into the track if they leave, a measure Churchill is putting in place to prevent counterfeit sales of tickets and wrist bracelets, the company said on Thursday.

In a release, Churchill said some patrons on Oaks and Derby days were leaving the track to use their tickets and bracelets to quickly produce counterfeits of the items. The release stated that re-entry bans are a “common security policy for major sporting and entertainment events.”

“Our previous re-entry policy made it a fairly simple task for ticketed patrons to exit the track and quickly generate copies of their tickets and wristbands for sale outside of our grounds,” said Ryan Jordan, Churchill’s general manager. “Those who purchase counterfeit items are denied access when they arrive at our admission gates and thus have lost their money, and in many cases, the Kentucky Derby and Oaks experience they had hoped for either becomes an unpleasant memory or is ended altogether.”

In addition, Churchill said that “selfie sticks” – the collapsible wands that people use to take self-portraits – and drones would be added to the list of banned items for Oaks and Derby days. Quite obviously, Churchill said the ban on drones was necessary to ensure the safety of horses and people on the grounds.


Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
I have no idea if this is a necessary policy or not. But, from my simple perspective, it does seem that Churchill Downs has been making decisions that are either negative towards the folks or certainly appear to be anti fan. Just saying.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
How many who have done reentry in the past will ever read this?
Curtis Clark More than 1 year ago
Dung policy
mikey More than 1 year ago
Why not ban horses.They have the best day of the year.After that it's Turfway with roses.
Joey W More than 1 year ago
They lie. tell the truth. you don't want people going out to drink between the post times. At least be honest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
bang on...nailed it. read the comments owners have made about Churchill Downs ludicrous pricing. Although a bit exaggerated but not much one owner said after having 40 people as guests at CD he would have to win the Kentucky Oaks and Derby just to break even on the day. Just a matter of time before tail gate parties evolve with Wi-Fi where patrons do not go into the races. They just BBQ and drink in the parking lot because they can't afford to have their shadow on the grounds. hat a horrible event poorly run.