Tampa Bay Downs Horseracing

Tampa Bay Downs is the only Thoroughbred race track on the West Coast of Florida, and is known as one of America's oldest and most well-maintained racetracks.

Tampa Bay Downs first opened its doors in 1926 under the name of Tampa Downs, and has since had a long and colorful history. Aside from The Silks Poker Room, track has a unique golf practice facility, which allows patrons to practice their swing while viewing and wagering on simulcast racing.

In 1998, Tampa Bay Downs added its 7/8th mile grass track, complete with a mile chute. Since then, it has become one of the most popular turf courses in North America.

Live horse racing is usually held every Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday from January through March; and Saturday through Tuesday for April.

Meanwhile, simulcast racing is broadcast throughout the track on new flat-screen plasma or LCD televisions. Gates open at 11:00 AM and post time for the first race is 12:25 pm.

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