Tampa Bay Begins Extended Meet Wednesday

Tampa Bay Downs will begin the extended part of its 2019-2020 race meet on Wednesday.

The Oldsmar,  Fla., track will have eight races with first post at 1:00 p.m.

Tampa Bay had been scheduled to close the meet this past Sunday May 3.

But late last month it received approval from the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to add twelve race dates.

Those dates are Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the four weeks starting this Wednesday  May 6.

Since early April, Tampa Bay has been one of just five U.S. racetracks that have been holding thoroughbred races amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Along with the four other tracks, it is doing that with no spectators on site and thus with no live on-track betting.

Under the current circumstances, Advance Deposit Wagering (ADW)  accounts are the biggest source of betting for Tampa Bay Downs and the three other tracks that are still racing.

They are Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb., and Will Rogers Downs in Oklahoma.

Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., ended ts season last Saturday. 

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