Headed to the track this week for Thurby, Oaks or Derby? Let’s talk about your plan for the events (and yes, we highly recommend a plan). We are going to review all the basics, for example, what to wear, where to get a box lunch, what to pack in your purse, even how to bet. But first, let’s review the guidelines from the track, as they are a little different than in years past. We’ve bolded the guidelines that will most likely impact your planning.
- Food items must be in clear plastic bags (maximum size 18-by-18 inches; no trash bags)*
- “Box” lunches in clear plastic bags or containers (maximum size 18-by-18 inches; no trash bags)
- Water and soft drinks in plastic bottles that are sealed, clear and unopened
- Purses may be no larger than 12 inches in any dimension, and they’re subject to search
- Baby/diaper bags are only allowed if accompanied by a child, and they are subject to search.
- Small cameras, but none equipped with detachable lenses or lenses of 6 inches or more**
- Sunscreen in nonglass containers only
- Small, personal music systems, radios and televisions are allowed**, but no boom boxes
- Cellular phones, smartphones and tablets**
- Seat cushions smaller than 15-by-15-inches that do not contain metal arms and/or backs, zippers, pockets or flaps
- Strollers (ONLY if carrying a child)
- Chairs (Gate 3 ONLY)
- Blankets & tarpaulins (Gates 1 & 3 ONLY)
- Limit of two bags per person
** Patrons could be required to turn on electronic items
- Coolers (You can buy Styrofoam coolers and ice available in the infield. You cannot bring your own in.)
- Cans of any size or type, glass bottles and glass containers
- Pop-up or patron tents — no poles or stakes of any kind
- Laptop computers and camcorders
- Cameras with detachable lenses or equipped with a lens that is 6 inches or larger
- Selfie sticks
- Purses larger than 12 inches in any dimension
- Alcoholic beverages
- Illegal substances
- Luggage, including briefcases
- Duffel bags
- Weapons, including knives
- Fireworks, noisemakers, air horns, laser lights/pointers, mace or pepper spray
- Drones and remote-controlled aircraft
- Animals (with the exception of service animals for guests with disabilities)
- Any items deemed dangerous and/or inappropriate
So what does this list mean for you?
It means that you can pack a lunch in a clear, plastic container and place it in a clear bag. It also means that the days of buying the $8 Diet Coke and the $5 bottle of water are over. Bring your own — in unopened plastic containers. This is great news for those of us that suffered through the hot Derby a couple years ago when they RAN OUT OF WATER, and we had to drink out of the old water fountain. As if!
It also means that you can put other things in that plastic bag, because your 12-inch purse is going to be jam-packed. Notice that every person can carry in two clear plastic bags. So put your food in one and your drinks in the other. Add in a pair of flip-flops, a couple of pens, some wet wipes and paper towels, your sunscreen (a new addition on the list) and your poncho, and you are set for the day.
Of note on the NOT ALLOWED list is cans. So don’t pack your Diet Cokes or LaCroix cans in here — plastic only. And another item on the banned list is the dreaded selfie stick. What a shame that we can’t bring those in. (Can you sense the sarcasm?)
Now that we know what we can and cannot bring, let’s review a few more operational issues.
Last week, we gave you over 20 outfit options and even threw in a couple of looks for your man. We organized them all by trend, so if you are looking for a lace overlay dress or a two-piece outfit, we can tell you where to find it.
HATS & FASCINATORS
What Exactly is a Milliner?
How to Make Your Own Hat
How to Make Your Own Fascinator
SB editor Heidi Potter and WLKY anchor Christina Mora set out on a mission to make a fascinator (here’s how) for Christina to wear for her on-air coverage at Derby. Again, with the help of Dee’s Crafts, we made a real beauty. See the television story here.
What to Pack in Your Purse
Packing the essentials of the day in a 12-inch purse is an art, friends. Here’s how to do it.
We all know the value of sustenance before a big day at the track. This article features two popular casseroles, one sweet and one savory, from Verbena Cafe and The Cheddar Box, that you can make for your Derby brunch.
Bringing your own lunch from a great restaurant in Louisville is definitely a treat. While it is okay to eat at the track, the box lunches have really upped their game. They also totally adhere to the track guidelines, so it is no worry for you to bring it in.
Don’t go ordering a bourbon and Coke around these parts. Show this article to all of your out-of-town friends, seriously. No one needs to be embarrassed on Derby day.
This is the perfect, most simple recipe for a mint julep. And you can keep the mint-infused simple syrup in your refrigerator for up to two weeks!
We took an informal survey of our readers to see what their favorite hangover cures were. Their answers were enlightening!
No, we are not handicappers by any means. But here we show you a logical way to bet, by reading the data on the program AND we offer you our own kooky, superstitious way to bet. Either option is good in our book.
It’s Wednesday, which leaves you plenty of time to prepare for your big days at the track. Enjoy every minute of it! Hopefully, all these tips will ensure you have a great day!
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