The following is a Tampa Bay Downs news release, with an Editor’s Note.
Oldsmar, Fla., May 20, 2020 – Tampa Bay Downs has added eight dates in June to its 2019-2020 Thoroughbred racing calendar after its request was approved by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
The track will conduct racing in June on Mondays and Wednesdays: June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24. Spectators will not be allowed, nor will they be permitted to attend the track’s annual two-day Summer Festival of Racing June 30 and July 1.
The Silks Poker Room remains closed until further notice. The Downs Golf Practice Facility is open for business.
Tampa Bay Downs is racing on a Wednesday-Friday-Saturday schedule through May 30. Management expects the additional dates will help ease the financial hardship felt by many horsemen during the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis.
Fans can continue to wager on the Tampa Bay Downs races through online betting sites such as NYRA Bets, DRF Bets and TVG.
Editor’s Note — About a dozen thoroughbred tracks in northern states have delayed the opening of their stables, for training and for racing, due to the coronavirus(COVID-19) pandemic.
Numerous trainers who usually move horses to those tracks in late April or early May are instead keeping horses at Tampa Bay Downs this spring.