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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 2021-2022 Stakes Schedule

DATERACEPURSE / RESTRICTIONSSURFACE / DISTANCE
Saturday Dec. 4thThe Inaugural Stakes$100,000 / 2 YODirt / 6 F
The Sandpiper Stakes$100,000 / 2 YO (F)Dirt / 6 F
Saturday, Dec. 11thTHE FTBOA Marion County Florida Sire Stakes$100,000 / 3 YO & Up (M)Dirt / 7 F
The FTBOA City of Ocala Florida Sire Stakes$100,000 / 3 YO & Up (F)Dirt / 7 F
Saturday, Jan. 15thThe Wayward Lass Stakes$50,000 / 4 YO & Up (F)Dirt / 1 1/16 M
The Pasco Stakes$125,000 / 3 YODirt / 7 F
The Gasparilla Stakes$125,000 / 3 YO (F)Dirt / 7 F
Saturday, Feb. 5thThe Tampa Bay Stakes - Grade III$175,000 / 4 YO & UpTurf / 1 1/16 M
The Endeavour Stakes - Grade III$175,000 / 4 YO & Up (F)Turf / 1 1/16 M
Saturday, Feb. 12thThe Suncoast Stakes - Listed$150,000 / 3 YODirt / 1 M 40 Yds
The Sam F. Davis Stakes - Grade III$250,000 / 3 YODirt / 1 1/16 M
The Pelican Stakes - Listed$100,000 / 4 YO & UpDirt / 6 F
The Minaret Stakes$50,000 / 4 YO & Up (F)Dirt / 6 F
Saturday, Feb. 19thThe Turf Dash - Listed$100,000 / 4 YO & UpTurf / 5 F
The Lightning City Stakes - Listed$100,000 / 4 YO & Up (F)Turf / 5 F
Saturday, Mar. 12thThe $100,000 Michelob Ultra Challenger Stakes - Grade III$100,000 / 4 YO & UpDirt / 1 1/16 M
The Columbia Stakes - Listed$75,000 / 3 YOTurf / 1 M
The Florida Oaks - Grade III$200,000 / 3 YO (F)Turf / 1 1/16 M
The Hillsborough Stakes - Grade II$225,000 / 4 YO & Up (F)Turf / 1 1/8 M
Sunday Mar. 27thThe NYRABETS Sprint$110,000 / 4 YO & UpDirt / 6 F
The Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore$110,000 / 3 YODirt / 7 F
The Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies$110,000 / 3 YO (F)Dirt / 7 F
The Equistaff Sophomore Turf$110,000 / 3 YOTurf / 1 1/16 M
The Pleasant Acres Stallions Distaff Turf$110,000 / 3 YO (F)Turf / 1 1/16 M
The Grey Goose Turf Classic$110,000 / 4 YO & UpTurf / 1 1/8 M

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.