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January 18, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

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Skyway Festival Day

Talented 3-year-olds compete in a pair of $125,000 stakes races – the Pasco for colts and geldings and the Gasparilla for fillies – while their owners and trainers eye even bigger prizes down the road.

College Day

Current college students and high school seniors pursuing a post-secondary education can enter a drawing for a chance to earn one of five $2,000 scholarships. From 25 finalists to be drawn at random, winners will be chosen based on an essay on marketing horse racing to their own generation. All students are admitted free with proper ID.


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Post Time 12:25 pm

Cap Giveaway Day

A free Tampa Bay Downs cap with the distinctive track logo to all patrons with paid admission, while supplies last. Jockeys will be on hand to sign autographs!


February 1, 2020

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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bourbon & Barbecue

Devotees of some of life's finer things can enjoy a barbecue buffet, fine bourbon tasting, and hand-rolled cigars. The event will be under the Trackside Picnic Pavilion Tent from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tasting will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m.; food will be put out at noon. $39.95 includes the full barbecue buffet, bourbon and cigars, admission, a racing program and a chance at the prize wheel.

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Post Time 12:25 pm

Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South

A major day of racing with implications for the national 3-year-old picture, this day features three graded events, highlighted by the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes for Triple Crown candidates. Also on tap are the Grade III, $175,000 Lambholm South Endeavour Stakes, the Grade III, $175,000 Tampa Bay Stakes and the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes. 

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Live It Up Challenge Handicapping Contest

The popular competition is back, complete with daily Challenge Races, lifelines and cash prizes. Players can participate free of charge!


mouse-drawFebruary 9 & 16, March 1 & 15, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Kids & Family Days

Thoroughbred racing has never been so much fun for the entire family! In addition to the on-track action, everyone will get to meet track mascot Mouse the Miniature Horse, and the kids can enjoy pony rides, bounce houses and a variety of games and special activities.


February 15, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Sprint Showcase Day

Outstanding sprinters bask in the spotlight in the $100,000 Pelican Stakes for horses 4-years-old-and-upward and the $50,000 Minaret Stakes for fillies and mares 4-and-upward. Both races are contested at a distance of 6 furlongs. Watch the track’s speediest Thoroughbreds attempt to leave their rivals gasping!


February 22, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Turf Sprint Showcase Day

Watch some of the fastest grass sprinters in the sport compete for bragging rights in the $100,000 Turf Dash for older males and the $100,000 Lightning City Stakes for fillies and mares.


Golfest-2020-webFebruary 22-23, 2020

Downs Golf Practice Facility

Golfest

Now in it’s 10th year, the Golfest is indeed Tampa Bay’s largest outdoor golf demo day and golf lifestyle expo. Come and try out the latest equipment releases from Callaway, Ping, Mizuno, Cobra, Wilson, Cleveland, Srixon and new for 2020 is XXIO and Honma. Great pricing on all purchases as well as a rewards program for buying. Trade ins are also welcomed. The expo brings area golf courses and businesses from around the area add to the Golfest experience.

Admission for 2020 is $10.00 for Saturday. However the Saturday ticket is good for BOTH days. Sunday’s admission is only $5.00. Children are admitted at no charge and parking is free. Goody bags will be handed out to the first 500 paid admissions.

Back again this year is the SMASH IT, PITCH IT, SINK IT competition where you hit 4 drives, 4 chips and 4 putts – eliminate your high score and win prizes in 10 age categories. The stage will have long drive expert Mike Ziegler, trick shot star Trevor Consavage as well as many other great speakers and entertainers. The $500 hole-in-one contest from 80 yards will also return this year.

So come on out and enjoy Golfest. An ideal way to gear up to lower your handicap!

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seafestFebruary 29, 2020

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Seafood Fest (Includes Beer & Wine Tastings)

What better place than Tampa Bay Downs to savor delicious mouth-watering delights? The event will be under the Trackside Picnic Pavilion Tent from noon - 4:00 p.m. $34.95 includes seafood boil, shrimp, jambalaya and the fixin's, plus world-famous King’s Cake, wine and beer tastings, admission, a racing program and a chance at the prize wheel.

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Fest-Day-40March 7, 2020

Post Time 12:00 noon

Tampa Bay Downs Festival Day

The biggest racing day of the season, with $1-million in stakes purses alone, is highlighted by the 40th renewal of the Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby for 3-year-old Triple Crown candidates. Other showcase events include the Grade II, $225,000 Hillsborough Stakes and the Grade III, $200,000 Florida Oaks, both on the turf; the $100,000 Challenger Stakes; and the $75,000 Columbia Stakes.

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tequilatacoMarch 14, 2020

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tequila & Tacos

Savor the flavors of Mexico as you handicap the races and enjoy all the action. It’s a fiesta not to be missed! The event will be under the Trackside Picnic Pavilion Tent from noon to 4:00 p.m. $29.95 includes an all-you-can-eat taco bar plus tequila tastings, churros, admission, a racing program and a chance at the prize wheel.

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florida-cup-2020March 29, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Florida Cup Day

Top Florida-breds compete for more than $750,000 in purse money in the 18th annual showcase. Six $110,000 stakes races are featured, at a variety of distances, on both dirt and turf.

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April 18, 2020

Corgi Races After The Races

If you’re open to falling in love all over again, stay after the Thoroughbred card to watch those adorable Corgis put on a show. They’re fast, cuddly and eager to work for treats!


kentucky-derby-146-2020May 2, 2020

Post Time 12:00 noon

Kentucky Derby Day

Will this be the third time the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby produces a winner of the Run for the Roses? If you can’t be at Churchill Downs, the Oldsmar oval is the place to find out. Tampa Bay Downs offers a special 12-race card followed by the simulcast of the 146th  running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve. Mint juleps will be sold here in the official souvenir Derby glass. Louisville has the race, but we have one heck of a party!


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May 3, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Fan Appreciation Day

Free Grandstand admission and parking, plus beer, soda and hot dog specials from 11 a.m.-3 pm It’s our way of saying “Thank you so much!” to our loyal customers.


June 30, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Summer Festival of Racing

This two-day annual event opens with the final card of the 90-day, 2019-2020 meeting, followed the next day by the start of the 2020-2021 season. It’s an ideal way to kick off your Independence Day celebration.