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December 5, 2020

Post Time 12:25 pm

Cotillion Festival Day

The track’s fastest 2-year-old Thoroughbreds of both sexes compete for stakes riches, with colts and geldings vying in the $100,000 Inaugural Stakes and fillies dueling in the $100,000 Sandpiper Stakes.


10 Days of Festivus Online Handicapping Contest

Test your skills against the best Oldsmar oval handicappers from across the nation in this competition that runs through December 24. The winner receives a $1,000 prize!

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Registration begins December 1, 2020


December 26, 27 & 30, 20202021-calendar-web

Post Time 12:25 pm

Calendar Giveaway

Tampa Bay Downs presents the 2021 edition of its popular, free commemorative calendar to the first 10,000 patrons, with paid admission.

January 9, 2021

Post Time 12:25 pm

High Rollers Handicapping Contest high-rollers

Bettors put up $1,000 to chase a $20,000 first prize (based on 100 players), other cash awards and seats for the top two finishers at either the 2021 or 2022 National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas, plus accommodations. Do you have the steel and the know-how to compete?

The event will be the Last Chance/First Opportunity with Tour Points to win two seats for the 2021 or 2022 NTRA NHC in Las Vegas. The most recent NHC offered prize money and awards totaling more than $2.8 million. #NHC2021 will be held August 27-29, 2021 at Bally’s.

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January 16, 2021

Post Time 12:25 pm

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.

FestDay41-PREVIEWFebruary 6, 2021

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, Festival Preview 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 

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!

February 13, 2021

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 20, 2021

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.

FestDay41March 6, 2021

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 41st 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 Grade III, $100,000 Challenger Stakes; and the $75,000 Columbia Stakes.

florida-cup-2021March 28, 2021

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.

KY-Derby-147May 1, 2021

Post Time 12:00 noon

Kentucky Derby Day

If you can’t be at Churchill Downs, the Oldsmar oval is the place to experience the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. Tampa Bay Downs offers a special 12-race card followed by the simulcast of the 147th  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!

May 2, 2021

Post Time 12:25 pm

Fan Appreciation Day

Free Grandstand admission and parking, plus beer, soda and hot dog specials from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. It’s our way of saying “Thank you so much!” to our loyal customers.

June 30, 2021

Post Time 12:25 pm

Summer Festival of Racing

This two-day annual event opens with the final card of the 90-day, 2020-2021 meeting, followed the next day by the start of the 2021-2022 season. It’s an ideal way to kick off your Independence Day celebration.