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Tampa Bay Derby

Race Name Grade Track
Tampa Bay Derby 3 Tampa Bay Downs Tampa Bay Derby

Tampa Bay Derby

The Tampa Bay Derby is an American Gr 3 race for three-year-old thoroughbreds run in the middle of March each over 1 1/6 miles at Tampa Bay Downs in Tampa, Florida. Contested over dirt, the race offers a generous $300,000 purse and is an official prep race for the coveted Kentucky Derby in May.

Inaugurated in 1981, the Tampa Bay Derby has yielded many impressive winners, the most notable of which is 2007 winner Street Sense, who went on to win the 2007 Kentucky Derby. In fact, Street Sense entered the record books as the first-ever Tampa Bay Derby contender to win the Kentucky Derby.

As an important prep race for the Kentucky Derby, the Tampa Bay Derby has increased in popularity over the last few years and, as such, has attracted many of America's top trainers including Barclay Tagg, Tom Albertrani, Nick Zito, Todd Pletcher, Christophe Clement, John C. Kimmel, Bill Mott and Woody Stephens.

The same can be said for jockeys, with top-class riders such as Calvin Borel, Edgar Prado, Pat Day, Ramon Dominguez, Richard Migliore, Jerry D. Bailey and many more proving victorious in the race. Interestingly, the Florida Oaks and the Tampa Bay Derby have been raced on the same day since 1995.

With a time 1:43.11, 2007 winner Steet Sense holds the record for the fastest time, which was also a new 1 1/16 mile stakes and track record. Trainer Richard Migliore has won the race a record two times - in  2000 and 2001.

Tampa Bay Derby - Past Winners

2004 Limehouse
2005 Sun King
2006 Deputy Glitters
2007 Street Sense
2008 Big Truck

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