Friday, November 23, 2018

Tampa Bay Downs to Open Saturday with Ten Races

Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday will host the opening day for its 2018-2019 race meet.

First post is 12:25 p.m. for a ten-race card.

The Oldsmar, Fla., track will then be dark until Wednesday  Nov. 28.  That day, it will begin its regular schedule of four race  days --Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That schedule will run through May 5.

Tampa Bay Downs's first stakes races will be on Dec. 1, The $100,000 Turf Dash is five furlongs on turf for 3-year-olds and up. The $100,000 Lightning City is five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.

The meet will have 28 stakes races with a Tampa Bay Downs record $3.74 million in total purses.

The highlight will be  the  annual  Festival Day on March 9,  The  card will have five stakes races  with total purses of $1 million.

Festival Day's  feature will be the $400,000 Tampa Bay  Derby (Grade 2) at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for  3-year-olds.  It is prep race for the Kentucky Derby that will be run May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

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