This Week’s at Florida’s Tracks: Feb. 17- 21

HorseracingFLA Staff Report

Tampa Bay Downs is adding this Thursday Feb. 18 and next Thursday Feb. 25 to its live racing schedule.

That will give the Oldsmar track a Wednesday through Sunday schedule each of the two weeks. Starting the week of Feb. 29 it will resume its regular Wednesday through Sunday racing schedule.

First posts are 12:25 p.m. for Wednesday’s ten-race card and 12:47 for Thursday’s nine-race card.

Gulfstream Park this week will host its regular Wednesday through Sunday schedule of live racing. First post is 12:35 p.m. most days.

Please check this Web site and/or our blog on race day mornings for post times and surface conditions at each track.

Gulfstream has two stakes races scheduled this weekend.

On Saturday, the $75,000 Melody of Colors is five furlongs on turf for 3-year-old fillies.

On Sunday, the $65,000 Margate is 6 ½ furlongs on dirt for 3-year-old fillies.

Tampa Bay has two stakes races on Saturday.

The $100,000 Pelican is six furlongs on dirt for 4-year-olds and up.

The $50,000 Minaret is six furlongs on dirt for fillies and

mares 4-years-old and up.

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901 S. Federal Highway Hallandale Beach, Fla. 33009 Phones — (954) 454-7000 Gulfstream Park Website

Gulfstream has racing on Wednesdays through Sundays during its winter meet that ends April 3.

In addition to live racing, Gulfstream has: * Simulcast wagering — seven days a week with more than 30 thoroughbred and harness tracks; open for simulcasting from 11 a.m. until approximately 11 p.m.

* Casino — the two casino rooms are open from 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays

* Poker — 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. on Sundays through Thursdays, and 24 hours on Saturdays and Sundays.

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11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, Florida 33626 Main Phone (813) 855-4401 Toll Free (In Florida) (866)-TBDOWNS (823-6967) Tampa Bay Downs Website

Tampa Bay Downs will have four-day race weeks for most of its meet that will extend through next May 8. Race days will be Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

There are three exceptions. It will have racing on Thursday Feb. 18 and Thursday Feb. 25 and be dark on Easter Sunday, March 27.

On days when it does not have live racing, Tampa Bay Downs is open for simulcasting and its poker room and golf range are open their regular hours.

*The Silks Poker Room hours of operation: Daily, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m.

The Downs Golf Practice Facility hours of operation:

Pro Shop: 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. daily (Last bucket sold at 7:45 p.m.)

Range: 8:30 a.m. – dusk daily

Short Game Area: 8:30 a.m. – dusk daily (lights out at 9:45 p.m.)