Computer glitch briefly holds up line on Oaks Day at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A computer glitch at Churchill Downs held up the line at the entrance for a short time Friday, but it was quickly fixed, and no one seemed to mind.
Patrons had no trouble at all getting through security, but once they passed through the turnstiles, they were told they had to wait because the automatic scanning system for the tickets went down.
After a 20-minute delay, Churchill Downs began taking tickets the old-fashioned way -- tearing them in half. Then the computer system was rebooted and everything returned to normal.
Ed Fitzgerald was one of the people waiting to get inside. He says it was "well worth the wait."
As far as security is concerned, there is plenty of it, uniformed security officers can be seen all over the track.
"We've got a lot of law enforcement partners," said John Asher, vice president for communications at Churchill Downs, "we work with 35 agencies, federal, state, local police, public services, everybody is in that mix."
The rules for this year's Oaks and Derby are the same as last year when security at the track was increased following the bombings at the Boston Marathon just weeks before derby weekend.
Coolers are no longer allowed, purses are limited to 12 inches, and patrons are subject to electronic wand scans.
"We had to show our purses and they look through them just to make sure everything is ok," said Tina Edge, a racing fan from Owensboro.
She says she doesn't object to the searches because she wants to feel safe at the track and believes security is doing everything it can to make that happen.
The track wants people to have a good time but stay within the bounds of the law.
Most of those arrested on Oaks and Derby Days are charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct.