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Bellamy Chief gets sweet revenge in feature clash @ Easter races

- Apollo Sky returns from injury to upset My Pal Shawn
Bellamy Chief was denied victory on debut at Ellis Thomas Downs on February 28, 2016 by Honors, however, the horse owned by popular horse owner and trainer Lesmore Smith avenged that defeat in the feature clash of the traditional Easter races at Ellis Thomas in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola today, March 27, 2016. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Vice-President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, Karen B. Smith-Aaron presents the winning trophy for the feature race to Bellamy Chief owner/trainer Lesmore Smith. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Vice-President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, Karen B. Smith-Aaron presents the winning trophy for the feature race to Bellamy Chief owner/trainer Lesmore Smith. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Apollo Sky, which was coming off a 6-month absence from the track due to a leg injury, blew away race favourite My Pal Shawn and Exploring in the Ashley Ritter Classic. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Apollo Sky, which was coming off a 6-month absence from the track due to a leg injury, blew away race favourite My Pal Shawn and Exploring in the Ashley Ritter Classic. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The Lady Eileene L. Parsons OBE Classic, which was the 5th race of the day for A&B horses, was taken by Bitter Sweet Dream of L&B Racing Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The Lady Eileene L. Parsons OBE Classic, which was the 5th race of the day for A&B horses, was taken by Bitter Sweet Dream of L&B Racing Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Gottocha Bob of Mission House stables crosses the finish line just ahead of L&B Thunder in the Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE Classic for Class E horses. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Gottocha Bob of Mission House stables crosses the finish line just ahead of L&B Thunder in the Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE Classic for Class E horses. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Retired legislator and former Premier of the Virgin Islands Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE was on hand to present the winning trophy to Mission House stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Retired legislator and former Premier of the Virgin Islands Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE was on hand to present the winning trophy to Mission House stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race 2, the Feliciano (Foxy) Callwood OBE Classic for C&D Class horses, belonged to Yes By Eric (right) of The Boys Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race 2, the Feliciano (Foxy) Callwood OBE Classic for C&D Class horses, belonged to Yes By Eric (right) of The Boys Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Virgin Islands cultural icon, Feliciano (Foxy) Callwood OBE presented the winning trophy to The Boys Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Virgin Islands cultural icon, Feliciano (Foxy) Callwood OBE presented the winning trophy to The Boys Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The third race of the day, the Audley Maduro OBE Classic for Class C horses, saw Star Ship Titan covering 6 ½ furlongs in a winning time of 1:25 flat. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The third race of the day, the Audley Maduro OBE Classic for Class C horses, saw Star Ship Titan covering 6 ½ furlongs in a winning time of 1:25 flat. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Mr Audley Maduro OBE (2nd from right) presents the winning trophy to Strictly Business Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Mr Audley Maduro OBE (2nd from right) presents the winning trophy to Strictly Business Stables. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Bellamy Chief was denied victory on debut at Ellis Thomas Downs on February 28, 2016 by Honors, however, the horse owned by popular horse owner and trainer Lesmore Smith avenged that defeat in the feature clash of the traditional Easter races at Ellis Thomas in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola today, March 27, 2016.

Dubbed the Queen Elizabeth II Classic, and fetching a purse of $9,990.00, the race for Class B horses over 7 furlongs saw Bellamy Chief take victory ahead of Honors, Atorrante, Wrol Up and Dablock, in that order.

Apollo Sky returns from injury to upset My Pal Shawn

Another race that garnered much interest was the Ashley Ritter Classic, which fetched a purse of $6,990.00 and contested over 7 furlongs.

That race featured top horse My Pal Shawn but it was Apollo Sky of the Boys Stables that brought the money home. My Pal Shawn had to settle for second, while Exploring took third.

Apollo Sky, which was coming off a 6-month absence from the track due to a leg injury, recorded a winning time of 1:34 flat.

Other results

Race 1, the Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE Classic for Class E horses, saw Gottocha Bob of Mission House stables cover the 7 furlongs in 1: 34.3 for victory and the $3,990.00 purse.

L&B Thunder was next to cross the finish line, followed by Sir Whisky. Josuha and Dramacidel were scratched.

Race 2, the Feliciano (Foxy) Callwood OBE Classic for C&D Class horses, belonged to Yes By Eric of The Boys Stables. Ridden by jockey Jose Corea, Yes By Eric trained By Rodney Simmonds beat into second place Meddling Birdie for the purse valued $ 3,990.00.

Motion to Appeal was the third horse in the race contested over 6 ½ furlongs.

The third race of the day, the Audley Maduro OBE Classic for Class C horses, saw Star Ship Titan covering 6 ½ furlongs in a winning time of 1:25 flat.

The horse, which belongs to Strictly Business Stables and trained by Dion Stevens, was ridden to victory by Steven Frett.

Second was Buy Buy Buy and third Prince of Speed. That purse was worth $3,990.00.

Bitter Sweet Dream takes Eileene L. Parsons OBE Classic

The Lady Eileene L. Parsons OBE Classic, which was the 5th race of the day for A&B horses, was taken by Bitter Sweet Dream of L&B Racing Stables.

Jockey Jaun Antonio Santiago rode the horse to a winning time of 1:25.4 over 6 ½ furlong for the purse of $4,900.00.

Miss Homer was second and Crazy Laura third.

President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association Patsy C. Lake had previously said that to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her 90th birthday this year, the Association decided to name the races for persons bestowed with the honour of Order of the British Empire (OBE).

17 Responses to “Bellamy Chief gets sweet revenge in feature clash @ Easter races”

  • Congrat Lesmo (27/03/2016, 22:17) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    If I was running the committee I would suggest changing the races from Easter Races to the queens birthday races now that queens birthday holiday is now in April and so much things going on for Easter..
    • @ Congrat Lesmo (27/03/2016, 22:42) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      not a bad idea but MS. P running a one women show!
    • @Congrat Lesmo (28/03/2016, 07:22) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree with the concept of having the Easter races dubbed the Queen Elizabeth 11 races but not for the same reason. The holiday given this year is only a one off thing. It is not to be repeated at least not yet. Who knows it may be in the near future. Similar to what we got in November. But yes, the Easter races should be called the QE 11 races from here on and treat it with much more pomp. Done correctly it can attract persons from all over and enhance sports tourism.
    • One time only (28/03/2016, 17:01) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Remember the queen birthday being celebrated in April this year is only a one time event, to commentate her 90th birthday which is considered a mile stone.
      Next year it will continue to be celebrated in June as always,
      So that's not possible
  • qc (27/03/2016, 22:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow uncle made it it out to a race impressive
  • take note (28/03/2016, 08:06) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Tortola (BVI) people need to stop always wanting to make changes to tradition for a few naysayers. The races is easter races why would anybody change the name to the Queen Races. This holiday is a 2016 thing only and not yearly. I am not talking about the name of the individual races that was a great gesture kudos to the committee. Certain people makin noise too bout too many thing during easter which is holy week, if u ask me every week is holy and should be given praises but we have some one a day, church going people who think they more holy than others want to make changes to everything including vg festival. Nothing in the BVI is ever good enough for its People with its own people tearing this country down. How about learning to embrace our own culture and keeping our own identity some full of talk and know little of the BVI
    • @take note. Read again. (28/03/2016, 08:53) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ Take note. The blogger " Congrats Lesmo" say they would suggest a change.. Read carefully.. Changes are good at times. If we had change government we would not have been in all this mess..everything now is on a downward slide and so many legit questions to government and no proper answer.
  • yeah (28/03/2016, 08:53) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Apollo is the real deal. Shawn ain't ready. I didn't think Apollo coulda do it off a long lay off but he even made it look easy against a big "name"..
    • the rock (28/03/2016, 10:09) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      shawn aint ready, u got to be kidding me, he has some issues, those guys needs to figure them out, we will see who aint ready over in stt for they sprint cup classic, shawn will be right there, enjoy your short spurt of victory, u will run second to shawn and that's a done deal, boooooooooooom!
      • yeah (28/03/2016, 10:55) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
        I was backing Shawn. If I was betting money I would have lost. He ain't ready......
        • the rock (28/03/2016, 15:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
          u aint ready yur mean, don't worry u will eat those words in a matter of weeks, any idiot could of seen shawn did not fire, he chocked off Apollo sky, then he faded away that's not shawn, rock city carnival is soon here, shawn will throw him inn then, jus wait and see!
          • ..... (28/03/2016, 23:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            The Rock, you are funny. Snap out of Fantasy Land please. Shawn is not Governor's Cup material. He's a B Class Horse. I back Tola to the fullest but Shawn can't win the Gov Cup. He may not even place depending on what the field looks like. Like someone said, small horses had him looking good. Sky is real tool. I underestimated him...
      • Races (28/03/2016, 11:33) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
        Shawn can't beat Apollo.Shown took advantage of some lower class horses dat made he look super
  • Just An Observer (30/03/2016, 12:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I listen to the sports show on jtv and the radio show with picko n crew n that young horse analyst is great. Cant remember his name but he's in the pic with bitter sweet dream. I heard him analyse the card n he picked just about every winner sunday. I was even a little dumbfounded when he picked bellamy chief in the feature. I liked wrol up n honors. What r we doing to encourage the youth to keep this sport alive? My 2 cents


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