Who Wins The Tampa Bay Derby?

Saturday’s $400,000, Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs is an important prep for qualifying points prep for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. The 1 1/16-mile race on the dirt track offers 85 total points to help gain a spot in the starting gate on May 7 at Churchill Downs, distributed to the top four finishers on a 50-20-10-5 basis. The contest is listed as … Continue reading Who Wins The Tampa Bay Derby?

History Of The Tampa Bay Derby

The Road to the Kentucky Derby heads south on Saturday to Tampa Bay Downs, which hosts the $400,000 dollar, Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. This 1 1/16-mile race offers a total of 85 Derby qualifying points, with 50 going to the Winner, 25 to 2nd, 10 to 3rd, and 5 to 4th. The Tampa Bay Derby was first held in 1981. It was a Grade 3 event from 1984 … Continue reading History Of The Tampa Bay Derby

Who Wins The Sam F. Davis?

A field of twelve 3-year-olds are scheduled to go in Saturday’s Grade 3 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs competing for their share of the $250,000 purse. The top four finishers get qualifying points (10-4-2-1) in this 1 & 1/16 mile Kentucky Derby prep race. The race is listed as race 10 on a card of 11 with a scheduled Post Time 4:45. Here then is … Continue reading Who Wins The Sam F. Davis?

The Sam F. Davis

The Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs is the Florida racetrack’s traditional prep for the Tampa Bay Derby and has become an increasingly important winter prep for the Kentucky Derby. The Sam F. Davis, contested at 1 1/16 miles over Tampa  Bay Downs’ main dirt track, earned Grade 3 status in 2009. The race was not initially included in Churchill Downs’ Road to … Continue reading The Sam F. Davis

Sundays At Tampa

Tampa Bay Downs had live racing on Sunday December 26th, the day after Christmas. That’s welcome news for families, tourists and bettors seeking to enjoy an exciting weekend afternoon of Thoroughbred action or just soak up sunshine and atmosphere at the Florida track. While a Sunday spent handicapping by the rail and watching kids toss Frisbees in the Backyard Picnic Area seems commonplace, it wasn’t … Continue reading Sundays At Tampa

The Late Pick 4 @ Tampa

The Daily Racing Blog frequently posts about multi-race wagers and the intrinsic Value they offer. And while we often recommend how to play such wagers we don’t often delve into which horses to play. We’re going to change that up a bit here today and offer you our choices for the Late Pick 4 at Tampa Bay Downs Saturday afternoon, beginning in the 7th race. … Continue reading The Late Pick 4 @ Tampa


HELIUM had not started for 4½ months leading into Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby, and had never raced on any surface but the synthetic of Woodbine. But the Mark Casse-trained colt had better get used to running on dirt, as he effectively clinched a spot in the starting gate of this years Run For The Roses. HELIUM made a strong move in the far turn … Continue reading HELIUM Rises

HIDDEN STASH In The Tampa Bay Derby

Saturday’s $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) is Tampa Bay Downs signature prep race  for this years Kentucky Derby. It brings together a competitive field of 3-year-olds vying for a total of 85 qualifying points for the May 1st Run For The Roses. With 50 of those points going to the Winner. The race has attracted a 12 horse field, and is the final contest on … Continue reading HIDDEN STASH In The Tampa Bay Derby

The Sam F. Davis Stakes @ Tampa

Given the presence of INDEPENDENCE HALL Saturday in Tampa Bay Downs‘ Grade 3, $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes, this minor 2020 Kentucky Derby Prep Race will receive major attention. INDEPENDENCE HALL created a stir back in November when he Won the Nashua Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct with big speed numbers on both the Beyer Speed Figure and Time-form scale. But some of that luster came off later … Continue reading The Sam F. Davis Stakes @ Tampa