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Selfie sticks, drones banned at Kentucky Derby

By Aileen Graef
Selfie sticks, drones banned at Kentucky Derby
A family takes an outdoor portrait using a Bluetooth-enabled selfie stick. Photo by Syda Productions/Shutterstock

LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 9 (UPI) -- Churchill Downs announced on Thursday it has banned selfie sticks and drones from the Kentucky Derby as well as barred re-entry to the event.

"The list of items that cannot be carried into the track by guests on Kentucky Oaks and Derby days was expanded to include selfie sticks and remote-controlled aircraft, including drones," said the official release.

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Patrons will be asked to return their selfie sticks to their cars or dispose of them.

Churchill Downs said the addition of the items is to prevent injury to the jockeys, horses, staff and patrons of the Derby.

Selfie sticks have been banned from a number of institutions and events including the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Lollapalooza and Coachella music festivals.

Those who wish to take selfies at the races will have to use the natural distance of their arm to capture the moment.

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