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Tampa Bay Stakes Schedule Boasts Record Purse Money Of $3.74 Million

Thoroughbred racing makes its triumphant return to the area Saturday when Tampa Bay Downs plays host to a 10-race Opening Day card beginning at 12:25 p.m. The track’s 93rd anniversary season, which began July 1 during the Summer Festival of Racing and Music, consists of 91 racing days and runs through June 30. The 2018-2019 […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Prepares For Record Stakes Schedule

Many of the top Thoroughbreds in training are expected to participate in the Tampa Bay Downs 2018-2019 stakes program, which includes 28 stakes races worth a record $3.74-million in purse money. The stakes schedule includes six graded races and a $1-million Festival Day program on March 9, highlighted by the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South […]

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Tampa Bay Installing Amtote Terminals To Help Fund Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance

Horseplayers cashing winning tickets at Tampa Bay Downs can now share their good fortune with retired Thoroughbreds by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at self-service AmTote International betting terminals throughout the facility. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 4, horseplayers cashing a winning ticket through a self-service terminal will be prompted with a […]

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New LED Video Display, On-Site Wagering App Await Fans At Tampa Bay Downs

After a season in which it hosted the winners of two Triple Crown races and a Breeders’ Cup race, Tampa Bay Downs is set to resume its 2017-2018 racing season with Saturday’s “Opening Day” card. Post time for the first of 10 races is 12:25 p.m. The feature is the 10th race, the $26,500 Lightning City Prep at 5 furlongs […]

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Tampa Bay Downs Schedules Richest Stakes Program In Track History

Tampa Bay Downs will conduct the most lucrative stakes program in its 92-year history during the 2017-2018 Thoroughbred racing season, offering a record 28 stakes races worth a combined $3.65-million. Additional purse and bonus monies for seven stakes – including the Grade II, (now)-$400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-olds on March 10 – […]

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Tampa Bay Downs’ Festival Day Posts Second-Highest Handle In Track History

When you put more money up for grabs than ever before in track history, it’s logical to expect top-quality racing. Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Tapwrit and the other four stakes winners more than delivered. The Festival Day card produced a track record and three stakes records (four if you count the Columbia Stakes, […]

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UPDATED: Tampa Bay Downs Bans Trainer After Horse With Burned Lip Tattoo Rescued From ‘Kill Pen’

Tampa Bay Downs in Florida has barred the entries of trainer Horacio Barbaran for allegedly violating the track’s anti-slaughter policy. Officials at Gulfstream Park were notified of the move and said they will not permit Barbaran to stable or race at the South Florida track, either. Peter Berube, vice president and general manager of Tampa Bay […]

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Vitali Barred From Entry Box At Tampa Bay Downs, Hunter Ordered To Vacate Gulfstream Barn Area

Two months after he was ruled off at Gulfstream Park, trainer Marcus Vitali will not be permitted to enter horses at Tampa Bay Downs, according to track officials there. Vitali had entered Silver Wraith, a 3-year-old maiden in the track’s fourth race on the Nov. 26 opening day card and was an also-eligible. On Saturday […]

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Tampa ‘Festival Day’ Handle An All-Time High At $12.25 Million

A few years from now, and even further down the road, many in Saturday’s Festival Day 36 Presented by Lambholm South crowd of 10,206 will begin discussions with “I was at Tampa Bay Downs that day. …” The memories will carry an even brighter glow if Grade II Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby winner Destin […]

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Opening Day Attracts 121 Entries For 10 Races At Tampa Bay Downs

Full fields and the return of two Tampa Bay Downs stakes winners highlight a 10-race card Saturday on Opening Day at the Oldsmar oval. In addition to the feature ninth race, the $28,000 Lightning City Prep for fillies and mares at five furlongs on the turf, the program includes the first legs of the popular […]

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