Churchill Downs Steps Up Security For Saturday's Kentucky Derby
The 139th Kentucky Derby will be held Saturday at Churchill Downs, and in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, additional security measures will be implemented. In addition to new guidelines announced last month regarding what can come into the track, there will be “additional security” in place. Most of the security personnel “will be undercover” and will be “imbedded throughout the venue to keep an eye on the crowd.” Officials also have instituted additional wand searches at the gates, so it “may take a little longer to get in here tomorrow” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 5/3).
Meanwhile, NBC horse racing analyst Gary Stevens will ride Oxbow in the Kentucky Derby. Stevens said that he will be "miked for NBC during the race -- on delayed tape ... because of the language -- but won't be wearing a helmet camera." Stevens "expects to keep his NBC on-air role long term and plans to scramble back on-air if he doesn't win Saturday" (USA TODAY, 5/1).