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Some Derby attendees try to smuggle alcohol into the track

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Metal detectors, wands, and pat-downs were commonplace at Churchill Downs on Saturday, but they were not a nuisance. It was all part of the normal security for the 140th Kentucky Derby.

And for some people, getting liquor through the line was their top priority.

Security officials looked for banned items. Weapons -- even defensive ones like pepper spray, mace and tasers -- are not allowed. Neither is alcohol.

"They just say, 'Oh, you got me," said security volunteer David Montoya.

Montoya says some people get creative.

"Apparently, there's people that have, like, loaves of bread that they hollow out, and put something in it," Montoya said.

Walking past empty bottles of booze, some people say their main goal is to bring in a full one, because drinks sold at the track aren't cheap. Nicole Werneck, a Derby attendee, doesn't want to pay $11 for a Mint Julep.

"If you've ever purchased any kind of beverage at any sporting event, you know it's rather pricey," Werneck said.

She says her solution is sometimes to bring her own beer.

"You can bring anything from margaritas, to wine, to sangria, anything," said another attendee.

"I just think it's funny," Montoya said of people who are caught trying to smuggle in alcohol. "Like they don't expect it -- they don't expect you to actually look because a lot of people just walk through, but we will take our time."

And eventually, Montoya says the beverages will end up in a green basket, with the rest of the confiscated items.

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