Tampa Bay Downs will begin the biggest week of its racing season on Wednesday, with nine races and first post of 12:40 p.m
The only carryover is on the Pick 6–at $2,336. The 20-cents per combination only bet will be on races four to nine with the sequence scheduled to start at 2:15 p.m.
Conditions are listed as Fast and Firm.
. Later on Wednesday afternoon, Tampa Bay will announce the fields and post positions for Saturday’s annual Festival Day.
That race card will have five stakes races–four of them graded.
The feature is the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (Grade 2). The 1 1/16 mile dirt stakes is for three years-olds and is a points qualifying race for the 1 1/4 mile Kentucky Derby (Grade 2), which will be run May 2 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
The other four stakes races at Tampa Bay on Saturday are:
*$250.000 Hillsborough (Grade 2)–1 1/8 miles on turf, fillies and mares, 4-YO and up
*$200,000 Florida Oaks (Grade 3) –one mile, turf, 3-YO fillies
*$100,000 Challenger (Grade 3) — 1 1/16 miles dirt, 4-YO and up
*$100,000 Columbia — one mile, turf, 3-YOs
W\e will have previews beginning later today.