Kentucky Derby bans selfie sticks

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- 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 had better not use selfie sticks.

The iconic Louisville track is hosting the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, and it 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.