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Father’s Day Ellis Thomas Downs Races cancelled; St Thomas pulled out!

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Mr. Lesmore Smith stated that without St. Thomas they would not have enough horses to run on Sunday due to conflicts in their schedules, including graduations. Photo:VINO
It is believed that local horse owners’ president, Mrs. Pasty C. Lake, has a plan to help potential horse owners purchase some reasonably priced horses to help boost the ‘Sport of Kings’ and keep it alive. Photo Credit: VINO/File
It is believed that local horse owners’ president, Mrs. Pasty C. Lake, has a plan to help potential horse owners purchase some reasonably priced horses to help boost the ‘Sport of Kings’ and keep it alive. Photo Credit: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Long time horse owner Lesmore Smith has confirmed that Virgin Islands horse races scheduled for Father’s Day, June 18, 2017 at Tortola’s Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, has been cancelled.

Mr Smith, who has been instrumental in negotiating with the St Thomas/St John Horse Owners’ Association confirmed this information moments ago, speaking exclusively with our newsroom. He explained, “At this time, without St Thomas we would not have enough horses to run on Sunday, as the St Thomas horse owners had conflict in their schedules, including graduations”.

Is the sport on the decline?

When asked if the pullout in recent years of two major local stables, L & B belonging to Letty and Bob Hodge, and The Boyz led by Romney A. Simmonds, had affected the growth of the sport, Mr Smith said, “There will be persons buying horses in the coming weeks, so by August we will be able to run without St Thomas.”

Mr Smith stated there are plans to have a Virgin Islands (VI) race day at Ellis Thomas Downs on July 9, 2017, as a warm up for the annual August Tuesday races.

When asked if St Thomas will be on Tortola for those races, he said it was unlikely as they are running on July 3.

The last race day at Ellis Thomas Downs was the Easter Races held on April 2, 2017 that saw a record low turnout.

Mrs Lake to encourage horse purchase

It is believed that local horse owners’ president, Mrs Pasty C. Lake, has a plan to help potential  horse owners purchase some reasonably priced horses to help boost the ‘Sport of Kings’ and keep it alive. Mrs Lake is in her second one-year term as President of the volunteer VI Horse Owners’ Association. She is the third woman over the many years of horse racing associations in the British Overseas Territory at the helm of the organization.

17 Responses to “Father’s Day Ellis Thomas Downs Races cancelled; St Thomas pulled out!”

  • too much (12/06/2017, 23:08) Like (10) Dislike (18) Reply
    Killing in Tola. Even The USVI don't want to come over. They rather stay where they at and deal with what they got. They might talk to some girl on the track and some jealous man might jump them from behind and you know what come next. At least they know what they dealing with on their soil. Just saying...
    • tis true (13/06/2017, 00:49) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
      Too much bad vibes in the land right now. Cause too many bad spirits running around.
    • smiles (13/06/2017, 09:11) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @too much, it is not funny but when I read your post, I had to laugh. It is the way you said it.

  • just asking... (12/06/2017, 23:11) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    What else is new?
  • TurtleDove (12/06/2017, 23:15) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    no surprise Rock city has always played you all tola ppl
    • rock city (13/06/2017, 09:17) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Nawww dude, you all got to much jealous men walking around that place thinking if you talk, say hello or offer a ride to a lady innocently you are smashing her.
  • Fan (12/06/2017, 23:51) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hope we do get horses and do not need them
  • my run (13/06/2017, 00:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just run 2 horse races let we do this thing
  • priest (13/06/2017, 04:42) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank God...at least Lesmore can go church for fathers day and enjoy the day with his family.
  • riggged (13/06/2017, 10:04) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    when will we have an election?
  • just asking... (13/06/2017, 10:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What happened to the 10g of our money walwyn give to them to buy a horse?
  • Black Stallion (13/06/2017, 14:15) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why our happiness have to be dictated by outsiders? Because they are not coming we stop our show? We need to freakin grow up. When St.Thomas ever stop a show over there because we were not taking part? NEVER.
  • judge (13/06/2017, 14:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the government won't let the sport grow don't you expect it to decline? Nothing stands still except water and when it does it stinks
  • Scammer (14/06/2017, 09:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Depends on the water. Still water does run deep. Ponder that for good measure.


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