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.