Coming to the Kentucky Derby? Leave selfie sticks at home

April 16, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) For the 160,000 people crammed into Churchill Downs on Derby Day, picture-taking can run neck-and-neck with betting and sipping mint juleps amid a winning field of photo opportunities.

But this year, they'd better not use selfie sticks.

The iconic Louisville track hosting the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2 has banned the pole-like contraptions that allow people a longer reach to snap their self-portraits. Churchill joins a growing list of museums, music festivals and sports venues around the world that are doing so.

Track spokesman John Asher says it's a safety measure to protect the horses and the massive crowd gathered on Derby Day.