03/24/2004 1:00AM

Derby security to be tight again


The same security precautions that have been in effect at the Kentucky Derby and Oaks since Sept. 11, 2001, will be in place again this year, Churchill Downs officials announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

Those security measures include magnetic-wand searches, strict limitations on the type of items that can be brought into the track, and high visibility of uniformed security personnel. Churchill also will again have a large facility in the infield to sell commonly used items at prices comparable to convenience stores.

Churchill instituted a major overhaul of security policy in 2002, largely in response to the terrorist attacks the previous September.

The 130th Oaks will be run April 30 and the 130th Derby on May 1.