2022-2023 PROMOTIONS AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS

December 3, 2022

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.

December 3, 2022

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 3 and runs through December 23. The winner receives a $1,000 prize!

Registration begins December 1, 2022


Register Here

December 10, 2022

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.


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 17, 2022

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.

December 28, 2022

Post Time 12:15 pm

Calendar Giveaway

Tampa Bay Downs presents the 2023 edition of its popular, free commemorative calendar to the first 5,000 patrons, with paid admission.

January 14, 2023

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.

January 21, 2023

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!


2022 Live It Up Challenge RULES

Sundays, January 29, February 5, 19, 26, March 5 & April 2, 2023

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.

January 28, 2023

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!

February 4, 2023

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.

February 10 & 11, 2023

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 2023 or 2024 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 2023 or 2024 NTRA NHC in Las Vegas. The most recent NHC offered prize money and awards totaling more than $3.5 million. #NHC2023 will be held March 10-12, 2023 at Bally’s.

Register Here

HIGH ROLLERS HANDICAPPING CONTEST RULES

February 11, 2023

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.

February 18, 2023

Post Time 12:15 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.

February 25, 2023

Gates Open at 11:00 am, Post Time 12:15 pm

Party by the Paddock

College students with school IDs are invited to participate in the fun and excitement of Thoroughbred racing in the Winner’s Terrace, while enjoying special food deals, yard games and a social photo booth and taking part in a raffle. Students 21 and older desiring beer or alcohol must show a valid state ID. The inaugural event is designed to introduce new fans to the sport while strengthening the passion of those already under racing’s spell.

March 11, 2023

Post Time 12:00 pm

Tampa Bay Downs Festival Day

The biggest racing day of the season, with $1-million in stakes purses alone, is highlighted by the 43rd 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 Michelob Ultra Challenger Stakes; and the $75,000 Columbia Stakes.

March 26, 2023

Post Time 12:15 pm

Florida Cup Day

Top Florida-breds compete for more than $750,000 in purse money in the 20th annual showcase. Six $110,000 stakes races are featured, at a variety of distances, on both dirt and turf.

May 6, 2023

Post Time 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 149th 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, 2023

Post Time 12:15 pm

Summer Festival of Racing

This two-day annual event opens with the final card of the 92-day, 2022-2023 meeting, followed the next day by the start of the 2023-2024 season. It's an ideal way to kick off your Independence Day celebration.