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Illinois couple not fazed by increased security at Churchill Downs

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When it comes to security, things are little different at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby this year.

More items are banned from the track.

At Gate 1, security was evident Friday morning -- Oaks Day -- as fans entered the track, but the lines were not long.

Kentucky State Police troopers were standing outside the gates to make patrons feel secure, and about half a dozen troopers were on the move through the paddock area. Some Jefferson County Sheriff's officers could be seen on bikes. Louisville Metro Police officers were standing side-by-side with the National Guard.

And new this year: tighter measures expand the items banned from the track. Coolers, purses larger than 12 inches and cameras with detachable lenses are all on the prohibited list.

One couple from Illinois learned about the added restrictions by clicking on the Churchill Downs Web site and didn't mind them at all because it made them feel safer at the track.

"I prefer it that way," one person said. "Everybody takes their time and goes through it we'll all be safer."

"We will be back out here tomorrow doing the same thing," a patron said. "We're expecting big crowds."

If you're coming to the track Friday afternoon, leave early. The lines are sure to get longer.

Last month, Churchill Downs announced higher security measures and expanded screening policies for patrons who will be attending the 139th Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The changes were a result of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The following items will not be permitted for carry-in for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Day:

1) Coolers (Styrofoam coolers and ice will be available for purchase infield)
2) Cans, glass bottles or containers
3) Camcorders
4) Cameras with detachable lenses
5) Cameras with lenses more than six inches in length
6) Tripods
7) Purses larger than 12 inches in any dimension
8) Pop up and patron tents, no poles or stakes of any kind
9) Grills
10) Alcoholic beverages
11) Thermoses
12) Backpacks
13) Luggage (includes briefcases)
14) Duffel bags
15) Wagons
16) Umbrellas
17) Weapons (including knives)
18) Fireworks
19) Noisemakers and air horns
20) Laser lights and pointers
21) Mace, pepper spray or other personal defense sprays.

Items permitted for carry-in by patrons on Oaks and Derby Days include:

1) Purses, but none larger than 12 inches in any dimension (all subject to search);
2) Baby/diaper bags – Only if accompanied by a child (all subject to search);
3) Small cameras, but none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses more than 6 inches;
4) Food items in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18" X 18" - no trash bags – limit of two bags per person);
5) "Box" lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18" X 18" - no trash bags);
6) Sunscreen (non-glass containers only);
7) Small personal music systems, radios and televisions (no boomboxes)
8) Cellular telephones, smartphones and tablets (patrons may be required to turn devices on);
9) Binoculars;
10) Seat cushions (without back);                                        
11) Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child);
12) Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY);
13) Blankets & Tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY). 

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