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March 15, 2020

RACING SET TO CONTINUE WEDNESDAY MINUS SPECTATORS; CAMACHO WINS 3

by Mike Henry
We encourage all our fans to keep following the action, stay safe and care for each other.

Tampa Bay Downs is set to join the growing number of Thoroughbred tracks that are conducting racing without spectators during Wednesday’s eight-race card, which begins at 12:40 p.m.

The decision to limit attendance to horsemen, jockeys, essential staff, state-licensed officials and accredited media for the foreseeable future was made in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.

Tracks in Florida, California, New York, Kentucky, Arkansas and Texas are racing without patrons. It was also announced that the March 28 Dubai World Cup card will be run without spectators. Keeneland’s spring meeting, set to begin April 2, will start without spectators.

The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has been felt throughout the sporting landscape, with both the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, major golf tournaments and the remainder of spring training baseball cancelled and the NBA and NHL seasons suspended.

At Tampa Bay Downs, The Downs Golf Practice Facility and The Silks Poker Room remain open until further notice. However, pari-mutuel wagering will not be offered onsite.

At Tampa Bay Downs, The Downs Golf Practice Facility and The Silks Poker Room remain open until further notice. However, pari-mutuel wagering will not be offered onsite.

Fans are encouraged to wager on the races through various account-wagering sites such as NYRA Bets, DRF Bets and TVG, and they can watch the races on the track’s website, www.tampabaydowns.com .

Race replays are also available on the website.

Around the oval. Samy Camacho rode three winners today, moving closer to Antonio Gallardo in the Tampa Bay Downs jockey standings. Gallardo rode one winner and has a 77-64 advantage. Camacho won the first race on Candy for All, a 4-year-old filly owned by Paradise Farms Corp., and trained by Derek Ryan. Camacho added the third on Candy Cove, a 5-year-old gelding owned and trained by Juan Arriagada. He won the eighth race, the Cody’s Original Roadhouse Race of the Week on the turf, on Shari’s Tune, a 3-year-old Florida-bred filly owned by Harold Queen and trained by Gerald Bennett.

The track’s leading trainer, Bennett, now has 36 victories. He also won the second race on the turf with Exchequer, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Winning Stables and Arnoriver Racing and ridden by Gallardo.