2021-2022 Promotions at Tampa Bay Downs
New Poker Table-game Area

New Poker Table-game Area

Patrons interested in fattening their bankrolls away from the horses will be excited by the opening of a new poker table-game area inside the main first-floor entrance of the Grandstand. The Silks Poker Room has designed the enclosure to offer games such as Ultimate Texas Hold ’Em and Three-Card Poker, with a $5 minimum.

December 4, 2021

Gates open at 11:00 am
Post Time 12:15 pm

Inaugural & Sandpiper Stakes

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.

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10 Days of Festivus Online Handicapping Contest

Test your skills against the best Oldsmar oval handicappers from across the nation in this competition that begins December 4 and runs through December 24. The winner receives a $1,000 prize!

Registration begins December 1, 2021

FESTIVUS CHALLENGE CONTEST RULES

December 11, 2021

Post Time 12:15 pm

Florida-Breds Set To Shine

The state's vaunted breeding industry claims the spotlight with two $100,000 races for Florida-bred runners. The FTBOA Marion County is for colts and geldings and the FTBOA City of Ocala is for fillies and mares.

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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!

December 18, 2021

Horse Owners Club

Fans can enjoy many of the perks of owning a Thoroughbred – without the financial risk – by entering this fantasy-based contest. Select the winner of a designated race and become part of the “syndicate.” You’ll receive free admission and a program each time “your” new horse competes, along with a mutuel voucher, concession-stand discounts, an attractive pin and trips to the paddock and (hopefully) the winner’s circle.

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December 26 & 29, 2021

Calendar Giveaway Days

Test your skills against the best Oldsmar oval handicappers from across the nation in this competition that begins December 4 and runs through December 24. The winner receives a $1,000 prize!

January 8, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

High Rollers Handicapping Contest Presented by Horse Tourneys

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 2022 or 2023 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 2022 or 2023 NTRA NHC in Las Vegas. The most recent NHC offered prize money and awards totaling more than $2.8 million. #NHC2022 will be held January 28-30, 2022 at Bally’s

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HIGH ROLLERS HANDICAPPING CONTEST RULES

January 15, 2022

Post Time 12:15 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.

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January 22, 2022

Post Time 12:15 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!

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February 5, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

Turf Champions Day

Some of the best distance grass horses in training are set to dazzle in a pair of Grade III, $175,000 stakes. Both are at a distance of a mile-and-a-sixteenth, with the Tampa Bay Stakes for older males and the Endeavour for fillies and mares 4 years old and upward.

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Sundays, February 6, 20, 27 & March 6

Mouse's 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.

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February 12, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

Festival Preview Day

Festival Preview Day is highlighted by the Grade III, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, a “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Points Race. The card also includes the $150,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3 year old fillies - a "Road to the Kentucky Oaks” points race - and the Pelican and Minaret for sprinters.

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Live It Up Challenge Handicapping Contest Begins

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

LIVE IT UP CHALLENGE CONTEST RULES

February 19, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

Turf Sprint Showcase 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.

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February 12, 2022

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 42nd edition 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.

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March 27, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

Florida Cup Day

Top Florida-breds compete for more than $750,000 in purse money in the 19th annual showcase. Six $110,000 stakes races are featured, at a variety of distances, on both dirt and turf.

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May 7, 2022

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 148th 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!

June 30 & July 1, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

Summer Festival of Racing

This two-day annual event opens with the final card of the 91-day, 2021-2022 meeting, followed the next day by the start of the 2022-2023 season. It’s an ideal way to kick off your Independence Day celebration.