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Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack Guide

The Tampa Bay Downs racetrack has undergone a lot of name changes over the years. First opened in 1926, this racetrack has been known as Tampa Downs, Sunshine Park, Florida Downs, and Turf Club. The racetrack is located just outside Tampa in Westchase, Florida. 

The season runs from November through to May with racing most Wednesday and Friday evenings.

The racetrack like most US racetracks features both dirt and turf courses. The turf course is a seven-furlong oval that includes a quarter-mile chute. Whilst, the dirt course is a mile oval.

If you are looking for Tampa Bay Downs entries or even looking for results so you can check those wagers. Then head over to this entries/results page to check.

Tampa Bay Downs Racecourse Map

Tampa Bay Downs Address: 11225 Race Track Rd, Tampa, FL 33626, United States

Tampa Bay Downs Phone Number: 813-855-4401

Tampa Bay Downs Flat Racecourse Map
Tampa Bay Downs Flat Racecourse Map

Best Tampa Bay Downs Racing Picks

All of the Tampa Bay Downs free racing picks for today are listed above. Each individual race will be listed and highlighted will be the most tipped runner.

Every race has all the information needed, the race itself will be highlighted as well as the off-time and the current odds of the pick.

Also listed is the number of picks that the runner has received compared to the total number on the race. This gives you the percentage of picks that have been made on the race.

So, for example, say you are looking at the Tampa Bay Derby and the highlighted runner has ten picks. If there is a total of twenty in the race then this runner has received 50% of the picks to win the Tampa Bay Derby.

You can view every race in more detail by clicking on the race name. This will result in the race page being displayed. Here you can see every runner in the race. Also, you can read any comments left by our racing tipsters which back up their picks.

On non-race days at Tampa Bay Downs, you can find other US Racing picks listed from our knowledgeable racing tipsters on the 'Horse Racing Picks' page.

Tampa Bay Downs Notable Races

The highlight of the year is 'Festival Day' which is held in March of each year. The top race of the 'Festival Day' is the Tampa Bay Derby, a race that is open to three-year-old runners and is run over one mile and half a furlong. The Tampa Bay Derby is a prep race for the Kentucky Derby and in 2007, Street Sense became the first winner of both races.

Also held on Festival Day is the Hillsborough Stakes, a Grade 2 race open to older fillies and mares. It is run over one mile and one furlong. This race can be a guide to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. In 2012 Zagora after winning this race went on to succeed at the Breeders Cup.

The Grade 3 Florida Oaks is also a feature on Festival Day. A race that is run over one mile and a half a furlong and is open to three-year-old fillies only.

Finally, In February of each year, we have more graded races.

On the Dirt, we have the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes for three-year-old runners run over one mile and half a furlong. Whilst on the turf we have both the South Endeavour Stakes and the Tampa Bay Stakes. Both of which are Grade 3 races open to older horses and are run over one mile and half a furlong.

Top Tampa Bay Downs Trainers

Here are the leading trainers based on the number of wins in 2023:

TrainerRunnersWinnersWins %Earnings
O'Connell, Kathleen2174320%$841k
Bennett, Gerald S1914121%$953k
Arriagada, Juan M1052827%$409k
Rodriguez, Darien822328%$378k
Arnett, Jon G1272217%$398k
Dini, Michael1552013%$447k
Rigattieri, John641828%$326k
Sacco, Gregory D941718%$330k
Hamm, Timothy E1171412%$364k
Bowersock, Maria1031414%$271k

Top Tampa Bay Downs Jockeys

Here are the leading jockeys based on the number of wins in 2023:

JockeyRidesWinnersWins %Earnings
Camacho, Samy52712424%$2.5m
Gallardo, Antonio A3206520%$1.5m
Meneses, Marcos2875218%$882k
Ferrer, Jose C3005017%$889k
Batista, Jose A2744617%$801k
Centeno, Daniel2273917%$913k
Morales, Pablo2033919%$785k
Marin, Samuel2973311%$777k
Diaz, Jr Hector R2233013%$621k
Allen, Jr Ronald Dale2062512%$470k

With a huge combined experience of horse racing between them, this content has been created and is maintained by Darren Brett, James Banting and Andy Powell. All of the data for Tampa Bay Downs Racetrack which includes the trainer and jockey statistics have been created using statistics from Equibase.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy is a seasoned professional with more than 15 years of experience in the field of horse racing. He has a thorough understanding of the sport, from analyzing complex statistical data to being part of a winning syndicate at the Cheltenham Festival. Andy is responsible for managing the horse racing trend blogs on OLBG.
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