Admission, Passes and Seating
Any horsemen possessing an updated Florida racing license (with bar code) is entitled to free admission each racing day at Tampa Bay Downs. Entrance can be gained at any admission gate. Spouses of horsemen may obtain a photo identification badge from the front side security office, which will entitle them to free admission.
Horsemen with valid out-of-state racing license are entitled to free admission, with one guest, at designated entrances. Contact the Horsemen’s Liaison at 813-855-4401 for more details. Please note that pass requests must be made no later than 11:00a.m. on race day.
A limited number of box seats are reserved each day for horsemen’s use, with priority given to those horsemen with horses competing on that day’s card, once again please contact the Horsemen’s Liaison prior to 11:00a.m.
The Customer Service Stand is manned by trained staffers and is located near the Grandstand Entrance. Track location maps, betting guides, The Club and other racing-related informational flyers and pamphlets can be obtained at the Customer Service Stand open live racing days between the hours of 11:00a.m. through 3:00p.m. Overnights are available throughout the Grandstand and Clubhouse in designated bins and on the backside at the Security Gate and the Racing Office.
Those with internet access are invited to visit Tampa Bay Downs on the web. Tampa’s web site contains entries, overnights, extras, results, news, past performances, photographs and condition books all updated on a regular basis. The site can be found at www.tampabaydowns.com.
Owners with horses entered in any of Tampa Bay Downs’ scheduled Graded stakes races are entitled to complimentary dining (in the Skye Terrance Dining Room) for up to 6 people. Reservations must be made through the Horsemen’s Liaison as far in advance as possible. Owners will be responsible for excess charges incurred should the party number be greater than 6 persons. On Tampa Bay Derby Day (Saturday, March 9, 2013) only owners with horses in the Tampa Bay Derby and The Hillsborough Stakes itself can be accommodated for lunch. On Florida Cup Day (Saturday, April 7, 2013) all owners and trainers are invited to enjoy a free catered buffet luncheon in the Trackside Pavilion.
Videotapes of Tampa Bay Downs races can be purchased from Sportview Television, Inc. For purchasers providing their own videocassette, each race costs $30 and includes a wide-angle pan shot and the head-on replay. Those without a videocassette add $10. To order and pick-up a video tape contact the Horsemen’s Bookkeepers Office at 813-855-4401 ext 1337 or the General Office.
Tom Cooley Photography is the official track photographer at Tampa Bay Downs. Photos may be ordered in the winners’ circle or at their office located on the main floor of the Grandstand in the northwest corner of the building, or by calling 813-855-4401 ext 1246 during the racing season.
All licensed personnel will receive a 10% discount at both On-Track Gift Shops in the Grandstand upon receipt of validated license.