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“tampa horse track” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa Bay Downs
11225 Race Track Road, Tampa, FL 33626
(813)-855-4401
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Ranked #36 of 207 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Largo, Florida
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“tampa horse track”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

very old track not new and not in good shape does not do anything for the customers to draw them in. also not in a good location

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“Hidden - Horse Racing Gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

We've lived in the Tampa area for 20 years and this was our first time to Tampa Bay Downs. We're suddenly empty nesters looking to fill our time. While not the easiest track to get to, once you're there everything is good. Plenty of free parking.

Beautiful little track with banked turns. They run on sand and turf here. Most of the races are 6 to 8 furlongs with a smattering of milers. Short stretches. Horses are very good looking animals. Mostly 3 year olds. Free admission during the weekdays. Programs are $2.50. Patio/ picnic area right on the finish line. Horses, jockeys and trainers pass by right in front of you after the finish. I talked to a couple of the horse owners while they were being photographed with their animals in the Winner's Circle. This is the only track I've been to where this occurs and it adds to the ambiance. There is a combination poker room and grill bar on the top floor just above the grandstand. Very good food at affordable prices. Burgers with the works are $9 for example. Beers were $2 when we were there during happy hour which ends at 3 PM. Races start at 12:30 PM.

We ate lunch at the bar and stayed in our seats perusing our programs and placing our wagers. Ingrid, the bartender, was very friendly and nary a word was said regarding our camping out at the bar. Now we're kicking ourselves for not having come out before this. It's a wonderful way to spend a day. Very friendly staff. Nathan's Hotdog stands in the lobby area.

The regulars who populate the common areas are like the cast of the HBO series 'Luck'. Everybody has an opinion on a horse and everybody can tell you why they're correct. The place is a trip.

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Zephyrhills, Florida
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“Fun Fun Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

The food is excellent and it is fun just to get out and do something different. You can sit inside or in the blechers, it can be cool in the blechers sometimes but most of the time it is lovely and you have a great view of the race the tote board and if you pay a little extra you can sit right down front but everywhere in the blechers is good and if you would like to do a little gambling you can go inside
. Have bought tickets to go when it opens. looking forward to it.

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Whitby, Canada
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“Family Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is a great day at the track for the family. The park is clean and has teh extra added feature of a Poker room when you finish with teh dog races.

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“Picnic Area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

If you go try the picnic area. Its free it has betting windows and best of all you can bring in your own food and bevs. Not like a typical race track experience, bring the kids and get a suntan

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