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June 25, 2020

SIMULCAST WAGERING RETURNS ON THURSDAY, JULY 2

by Mike Henry
Grandstand and Riders Up! bar to be open every day; Legends Bar will be open Friday through Sunday; Clubhouse closed until further notice.

Full-card simulcast wagering returns to Tampa Bay Downs on Thursday, July 2 with Thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing seven days a week.

Wagering areas will include the first floor of the Grandstand; The Silks Poker Room, which reopened June 14; and, beginning July 3, the Legends Bar on the second floor of the Grandstand, which will be open each Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Food and beverage service will be available. The Riders Up! bar on the first floor of the Grandstand will be open every day from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Patrons must have their temperatures taken at the track entrance. Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be denied admittance. Facemasks are required and social distancing will be enforced.

Beginning July 3, programs and Daily Racing Forms will be on sale from 11:15 a.m.-5 p.m., Fridays through Sundays, on the first floor of the Grandstand. Mutuel tellers will sell programs and forms on the remaining days. Bettors can wager with mutuel tellers and through self-service terminals.

Online Florida Lottery sales will not be available. Clubhouse areas, including The Sports Gallery and the Carrels area, remain closed until further notice.

The Fourth of July weekend includes Thoroughbred racing at such major tracks as Belmont Park, Gulfstream, Monmouth, Laurel and Woodbine, as well as a number of other tracks.

Since Tampa Bay Downs closed to spectators in mid-March due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, all areas of the track have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to offer customers a safe, welcoming environment. Those efforts continue on a daily basis.