Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby: A Legacy of Equestrian Excellence

An event where history and horseracing intertwine in a showcase of equine prowess. Established over four decades ago, The Tampa Bay Derby has become a cornerstone in the journey to the Kentucky Derby, drawing spectators and enthusiasts from across the nation to the sun-kissed tracks of Tampa Bay Downs.

This field will be limited to twelve starters. Nominations closed two weeks before the race. If more than 12 horses are nominated, the twelve starters will be determined with preference given to Grade I, II or III Stakes winners in that order, then those that have accumulated the highest career earnings.

Tampa Bay Derby Race Information

Location: Tampa Bay Downs, Tampa, Florida, United States
Inaugurated: 1981
Race type: Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Distance: 11/16 miles (8½ furlongs)
Track: Dirt, left-handed
Qualification: Three-year-olds
Weight: Assigned
Purse: $350,000
Grade: II

The History of Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby first opened its gates to the racing world in 1981. What began as a modest competition has evolved into a prestigious event, attracting some of the finest three-year-old thoroughbreds. The race has been a stepping stone for many Kentucky Derby participants, marking it as a crucial event in the American racing calendar. Over the years, the Tampa Bay Derby has witnessed numerous record-breaking moments and has become a crucible for future champions.

Kentucky Derby Prep Race

The Tampa Bay Derby is part of the Kentucky Derby Prep Races - Championship Series, where the first four finishers will receive the following points in their race for the roses: 1st - 50points, 2nd - 20points, 3rd - 10points, 4th - 5points.


Tampa Bay Downs: A Fusion of Tradition and Modernity in the Heart of Tampa

Nestled in the heart of Tampa, Florida, the Tampa Bay Downs offers a blend of traditional charm and modern facilities. It's not just a racetrack; it's a sanctuary for horse racing aficionados. The venue boasts a mile-long oval track, providing a perfect stage for the Tampa Bay Derby. The location merges the thrill of the race with the scenic beauty of Tampa, making it a memorable experience for visitors.

Testing Speed and Stamina: The Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby is a test of speed and stamina, covering a distance of 8.5 furlongs (approximately 1.0625 miles). This distance challenges the young thoroughbreds, testing their capabilities and preparing them for the demanding races ahead. The race is typically held in March, serving as a perfect prelude to the spring racing season.

Tampa Bay Derby Highlights

Over the years, the Tampa Bay Derby has seen its share of remarkable moments. From photo-finishes to unexpected victories, each race is a story in itself. Notable winners have gone on to achieve significant success, etching their names in the annals of horseracing history. The event has also been a platform for emerging talents, both equine and human, spotlighting future stars of the sport.

Bet on Tampa Bay Derby

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How can I bet on the Tampa Bay Derby ?

To bet on the Tampa Bay Derby using BUSR, you need to create an account on the BUSR website. Once your account is set up and funded, navigate to the horse racing section, select 'Tampa Bay Derby' from the list of races, and place your bets.

What types of bets can I place on the Tampa Bay Derby?

You can place various types of bets, including:

  • Win: Bet on a horse to finish first.
  • Place: Bet on a horse to finish either first or second.
  • Show: Bet on a horse to finish in the top three.
  • Exacta: Pick the first two finishers in the correct order.
  • Trifecta: Predict the first three finishers in exact order.
  • Superfecta: Choose the first four horses in the correct order.

What are the odds for the Tampa Bay Derby?

Odds for the Tampa Bay Derby are typically released a few days before the race. You can find the latest odds on BUSR under the Tampa Bay Derby race listing.

What should I consider when placing bets on the Tampa Bay Derby?

When betting on the Tampa Bay Derby, consider factors like horse performance, jockey experience, track conditions, and expert predictions. It's also important to bet responsibly and within your means.

Tampa Bay Derby Past Winners

Winners of the Tampa Bay Derby

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
2023 Tapit Trice Luis Saez Todd A. Pletcher Whisper Hill Farm & Gainesway Farm 1:43.37
2022 Irad Ortiz Jr. Brian A. Lynch Clarke M. Cooper Family Trust & Kentucky West Racing Cypress Creek Equine 1:44.90
2021 Helium Jose C. Ferrer Mark E. Casse D. J. Stable LLC 1:43.55
2020 King Guillermo Samy Camacho Juan Carlos Avila Victoria's Ranch 1:42.63
2019 Tacitus Jose L. Ortiz Richard E. Mandella Juddmonte Farms 1:41.90
2018 Quip Florent Geroux Rodolphe Brisset WinStar Farm, China Horse Club & SF Racing 1:44.72
2017 Tapwrit Jose L. Ortiz Todd A. Pletcher Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred & Robert V. LaPenta 1:42.36

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