The old saying, "If it ain't broke don't fix it," would seem to fit Tampa Bay Downs' position perfectly as the picturesque track located just outside Tampa in Oldsmar, Fla. begins its 91-date meeting Saturday, Nov. 26.
Full fields, three graded stakes, and quality horses helped Tampa Bay Downs register record total pari-mutuel handle for one program March 12. More than $12 million was wagered on 12 races.
The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced Dec. 22 that Tampa Bay Downs has joined the TAA community.
As Tampa Bay Downs prepared to begin its meet Nov. 28, Peter Berube, general manager at the Florida racetrack, discussed its model for success in the face of competition from tracks with alternative gaming.
The Florida track will offer 23 stakes worth $2.7 million on six Saturdays.
The 35th renewal of the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) for 3-year-olds highlights a 2014-2015 Tampa Bay Downs stakes schedule offering $2.66 million in purse money.
Tampa Bay Downs presents its second annual Summer Festival of Racing June 30 and July 1, featuring an approximate 25% increase in purses from last year's inaugural two-day event.
Tampa Bay Downs is offering a $1 million bonus payout in 2014 to the owner of any horse sweeping the Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III), Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II), and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
A revamped Festival Day celebration featuring three graded races worth $700,000, three cards offering three major stakes apiece, and a record $2,695,000 in purse money highlight Tampa's stakes schedule for the 2013-14 meet.
Calder Casino & Race Course came in last among Florida's three Thoroughbred tracks in July in the lucrative business of host-track simulcasting of races from Thoroughbred tracks outside the state.
Track officials at Tampa Bay Downs announced June 6 the creation of a $5,000 Jockeys' Challenge for riders who compete in the two-day Summer Racing Festival June 30 and July 1.
The Thoroughbred Racing Associations board of directors elected Scott Wells, president of Remington Park in Oklahoma City, the organization's 36th president at its March 5 meeting in Tampa, Fla.
A horse at Hawthorne was euthanized Nov. 26 and a necropsy revealed the horse had EHV-1. It is the fourth horse to die of the disease during the Hawthorne fall meet.
For the second meeting in a row, Tampa Bay Downs will run 25 stakes worth $2,595,000.
Thomas McLaughlin has been promoted to vice president of facilities and track surfaces at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, it was announced June 4.
Tampa Bay Downs ended its 86th racing season with a decline in average daily all-sources handle during the 92-day meet that began Dec. 3, 2011, and ended May 6.
Tampa Bay Downs will open its 2011-12 meet Dec. 3 with lower pari-mutuel takeout rates on some wagers and $1.5 million in capital improvements.
For the second year in a row, Tampa Bay Downs concluded its meet with a record set for co-mingled all-sources handle.
As a result of an overall handle increase of 5%, as well as a successful Festival Preview Day Presented by Lambholm South, Tampa Bay Downs announced there will be a purse increase for the remainder of racing season.
Despite declines in on-track handle and attendance, the 84th season of live racing at Tampa Bay Downs concluded May 2, with the Oldsmar, Fla., track reporting a 5.16% increase in average daily all-source handle.
The Florida Legislature passed a bill with long-sought benefits for Thoroughbred racetracks, including tax breaks, more slot machines, and extended poker room hours. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law.
Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., announced that donations totaling an estimated $27,000 from its horse racing community will benefit several local and national charities.
Tampa Bay Downs has announced its partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement of Tampa, a non-profit organization dedicated to the safe retirement, rehabilitation, and adoption of Tampa's racing Thoroughbreds.
Tampa Bay Downs vice president and general manager Peter Berube says the track "might not be in a position to continue" racing if the Florida legislature accepts the latest gaming compact between Gov. Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Tampa Bay Downs reported May 7 a 2.7% decline in all-sources handle for its recently-concluded 2008-2009 winter/spring meet at the racetrack located in Oldsmar, Fla.
Driven by its live export signal to out of state outlets, total handle is up slightly at Tampa Bay Downs through the mid-way part of the 94-day meet, the track reported Feb. 20.
- By Ryan Conley
Wagering on Tampa Bay Downs' 83rd live meet, which opens Dec. 13, will be available to most advance deposit wagering outlets, the Oldsmar, Fla., track announced Dec. 12.
Tampa Bay Downs is requiring veterinarians to pay their first-ever licensing fees for its meet that begins Dec. 13. A licensing fee for blacksmiths was planned but has been put off until the 2009-10 racing season.
- By Tom LaMarra
Horse racing's problems, what its future could be, and a call to positive action figured prominently at the recent International Simulcast Conference in Florida.
Peter Berube, vice president and general manager of Tampa Bay Downs, and Hal Handel, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the New York Racing Association (NYRA), have been appointed by the Thoroughbred Racing Associations of North America (TRA) to serve on the management committee of Equibase Company LLC
The 82nd season of Tampa Bay Downs racing will feature record increases for both its stakes schedule and daily average purses, it was announced Sept. 20.
Steady growth in interstate wagering, total handle and purse payouts highlighted the 81st season of live thoroughbred racing at Tampa Bay Downs, which ended May 6. The Oldsmar, Fla., track also celebrated a record single-day attendance May 5 when a crowd of 11,014 witnessed Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) winner Street Sense capture the 133rd Kentucky Derby.
Tampa Bay Downs will reduce take-out of several wagering categories starting on its opening day card Saturday, Peter Berube, the track's vice president and general manager announced.
A record-high $2.5 million stakes program for the 2006-2007 meet at Tampa Bay Downs features purse increases for five of 26 stakes races, including the track's key Kentucky Derby prep races, the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and Sam F. Davis Stakes.
Allison De Luca has been named director of racing and racing secretary for the 2006-2007 Thoroughbred meet at Tampa Bay Downs, general manager Peter Berube announced Aug. 25.
Bob Kibbey, Tampa Bay Downs' director of security, died June 5 after a short illness at the age of 76 at his home in Oldsmar, Fla.
Tampa Bay Downs officials announced Tuesday that purses will be increased by $500 per overnight race, bringing average daily projected overnight purses to a new all-time record level of $133,000 per day, eclipsing last year's record of $121,000 per day or 10 percent($12,000). The increase will be effective March 25.
Tampa Bay Downs, in conjunction with the track's Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association division, will boost purses for all overnight races on Festival Day, March 18, by 35%.
Continuing a trend that began several years ago, on-track and total handle, as well as daily average overnight purses, at Tampa Bay Downs showed solid gains when the Florida racetrack hit the midpoint of its 2005-06 season the week of Feb. 20.
The Tampa Bay Downs board of stewards handed trainer Don Rice an additional six-month suspension and denied privileges of the grounds during that period after a third Rice-trained horse tested positive for an excess amount of alkaline agents during the last week.
Trainer Don Rice, who has topped the Tampa Bay Downs trainer standings six times, has been suspended 30 days and denied access to the grounds of the Florida racetrack for the same period because two of his horses tested positive for "milkshakes" in the past week.
Tampa Bay Downs canceled live racing on Feb 3 due to heavy rain and lightning.
Sun Coast racing fans 5,459 strong turned out for opening day at Tampa Bay Downs on Saturday, making it the largest opening day crowd in the track's history, up 6 ½% over last year's opener. On-track wagering was a healthy $558,242, up 25%, out of a total all source handle of $3,759,918, a jump of approximately 19% over last season's opening day handle, according to track officials.
Although there has been no official announcement from parent company Churchill Downs Inc., it is highly unlikely that the 2005 meet at Fair Grounds will be held at the New Orleans track as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
Bucking many national trends, Tampa Bay Downs concluded its 94-day season Sunday with increases in major business categories of wagering, attendance, and purses.
An increase in handle on its live product had led Tampa Bay Downs to raise purses 7% effective Feb. 15. The daily average--overnight races and stakes--will be $140,000, a record for the track located in Oldsmar, Fla.
Tampa Bay Downs, the only Thoroughbred racetrack on Florida's Gulf Coast, continued to make forward strides during its 2003-04 meet with substantial gains in attendance and handle.
Handle soared 42% for Tampa Bay Downs' second Florida Cup Day Sunday, when $3,832,790 was wagered on a card that featured six stakes races with purses that totaled $504,900.
Tampa Bay Downs officials announced that effective April 3, purses will be increased by 5%.
Tampa Bay Downs continues to make sizable gains in terms of its live signal and on-track attendance, but on-track simulcast revenues are down because of a conflict involving Magna Entertainment Corp. and the New York Racing Association.
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