Tampa Pushes Back Turf Sprint Stakes

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Tampa Bay Downs | Doug DeFelice

Tampa Bay Downs has pushed back its pair of $100,000 five-furlong turf sprints, the Turf Dash S. for older males and Lightning City S. for fillies and mares, from next Saturday to Sunday, Feb. 21. The pair of events are the centerpieces of the track's annual Turf Sprint Showcase Day. “The turf course has taken in excess of two inches of rain the last two days, with more rain forecast during the week,” Tampa Bay Downs Vice President-General Manager Peter Berube said. “By switching the races to Sunday now, horsemen planning to enter either race will have sufficient time to adjust their training schedules. Our hope is that the turf course will be in its usual excellent condition by next Sunday.” Entries for Sunday's card will be taken Thursday.

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