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Tampa Bay Downs Track Facts

  • Address: 11225 Race Track Rd, Tampa, FL 33626
  • Phone: (813) 855-4401
  • Website: http://www.tampabaydowns.com/
  • Main track (dirt): 1 mile, oval with 3/8 and 7/8 mile chutes
  • Width of stretch: 75 feet
  • Composition: Sand and clay composition
  • Turf: 7/8 mile in circumference with a 1/4 mile chute
  • Width of stretch: 80 feet
  • Composition: Tifton #419 Bermuda turf

Tampa Bay Downs is the only Thoroughbred race track on the West Coast of Florida, and is known as one of America’s oldest and most well-maintained racetracks. Tampa Bay Downs first opened its doors in 1926 under the name of Tampa Downs, and has since had a long and colorful history.

Tampa Bay Downs 2021 Stakes Schedule

DatePurse / Race NameDivisionDistance
16-Jan$50,000 / The Wayward Lass Stakes F&M, 4YO+1 1/16 Miles
16-Jan$125,000 / The Pasco Stakes3YO7 Furlongs
16-Jan$125,000 / The Gasparilla Stakes3YOF6 Furlongs
6-Feb$150,000 / The Suncoast Stakes3YOF1 Mile & 40 Yards
6-Feb$250,000 / The Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3)3YO1 1/16 Miles
6-Feb$175,000 / The Tampa Bay Stakes (G3)4YO+1 1/16 Miles (T)
6-Feb$175,000 / The Endeavour Stakes (G3)F&M, 4YO+1 1/16 Miles (T)
13-Feb$100,000 / The Pelican Stakes4YO+6 Furlongs
13-Feb$50,000 / The Minaret StakesF&M, 4YO+6 Furlongs
20-Feb$100,000 / The Turf Dash4YO+5 Furlongs (T)
20-Feb$100,000 / The Lightning City StakesF&M, 4YO+5 Furlongs (T)
6-Mar$400,000 / The Tampa Bay Derby (G2)3YO1 1/16 Miles
6-Mar$100,000 / The Challenger Stakes (G3)4YO+1 1/16 Miles
6-Mar$75,000 / The Columbia Stakes3YO1 Mile (T)
6-Mar$200,000 / The Florida Oaks (G3)3YOF1 1/16 Miles (T)
6-Mar$225,000 / The Hillsborough Stakes (G2)F&M, 4YO+1 1/8 Miles (T)
28-Mar$110,000 / The NYRABETS Sprint4YO+6 Furlongs
28-Mar$110,000 / The Sophomore3YO7 Furlongs
28-Mar$110,000 / The Sophomore Fillies3YOF7 Furlongs
28-Mar$110,000 / The Sophomore Turf3YO1 1/16 Miles (T)
28-Mar$110,000 / The Distaff TurfF&M, 3YO+1 1/16 Miles (T)
28-Mar$110,000 / The Turf Classic4YO+1 1/8 Miles (T)

Tampa Bay Downs Racing & History

Tampa Bay Downs is the only Thoroughbred race track on the West Coast of Florida, and is known as one of America’s oldest and most well-maintained racetracks. Tampa Bay Downs first opened its doors in 1926 under the name of Tampa Downs, and has since had a long and colorful history. The present owner purchased the track in 1986, and since then Tampa Bay Downs has been continually improving.

Tampa Bay Downs added its 7/8th mile grass track, complete with a ¼ mile chute, in 1998, and has become one of the most popular turf courses in North America. The millennium brought even more amenities to Tampa Bay Downs, including the Downs Golf Practice Facility, which allows patrons to practice their swing while viewing and wagering on simulcast racing; as well as The Silks Poker Room, the card room that has become one of the hottest spots in town. Both are open 7 days a week.

In 2019, the largest crowd to ever attend Tampa Bay Downs on a Kentucky Derby Day (11,924) watched Tampa Bay Derby winner Tacitus finish third in the Kentucky Derby, just behind Country House and Code of Honor.