TAMPA, Fla. - For the third consecutive year, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the Tampa Bay Downs will partner to raise money to enhance youth sports in the Tampa Bay area. On Saturday, April 14, all tax generated from parking, admission, betting, etcetera, will be donated to the Tampa Bay Sports Commission, in an effort to bolster youth sports in the Tampa Bay area. Gates will open at 11:00am, and the horses will be at the post at 12:25pm.
Tampa Bay Downs is the only Thoroughbred race track on the West Coast of Florida and this season is offering over $2.5 million in prize money in stakes races alone! Tampa Bay Downs is the place to be this winter for horsemen and racing fans alike.
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 the track 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 Card Room, the poker room that has become one of the hottest spots in town. Simulcast racing is broadcast throughout the track, often on new flat-screened plasma or LCD televisions, even on days when there is no live racing.
Horse racing fans will be delighted with the Thoroughbred action this year, and can watch it on the new $500,000 Daktronic giant screen monitor in the infield. With the Grade III Tampa Bay Derby, the Grade III Hillsborough Stakes, the $200,000 Florida Oaks and much more, Tampa Bay Downs is an unforgettable racing experience!