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December 28th, 2020
Moonlight Bandit sweeps feature race @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Moonlight Bandit had horse racing fans jumping for joy as it trotted to victory in the feature race of the Boxing Day Races, held at Ellis Thomas Downs on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

August 17th, 2020
Moonlight Bandit wins $6K purse in 2-horse race @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Moonlight Bandit gave horse racing fans a treat on Sunday, August 16, 2020, when he thrillingly came from behind to win a two-horse clash at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay.

March 13th, 2020
UPDATE: Sunday's horse racing cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Cancellations due to the global pandemic, Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), are being felt here in the Virgin Islands, with horse racing being one of the latest public events to be cancelled.

February 4th, 2020
‘God knows I need help; I am ready to give up’ – Lesmore Smith

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- When Ellis Thomas Downs, the home of horse racing in the [British] Virgin Islands, was extensively damaged by the 2017 hurricanes, President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association and long-time horse owner, Mr Lesmore Smith took on the mantle of ensuring the sport did not die by first working to get the grandstands and track fixed and then consistently organising race cards, often using his own resources to ensure plans became reality.

February 3rd, 2020
Courage & Honour wins feature clash of Pre-Valentine’s Horse Races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- With speed demons and arch rivals Thulean and Totally Evil scratched, Courage & Honour rode away with top honours in the feature race of the Pre-Valentine's Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

January 31st, 2020
7 races carded for Pre-Valentine’s Races @ Ellis Thomas Downs this Sunday

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- After inclement weather and other issues twice prevented 5 races on the 2019 Boxing Day Horse Race Card organised by the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, the races will now be run on another card dubbed Pre-Valentine’s Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay this Sunday, February 2, 2020.

January 17th, 2020
UPDATE: Boxing Day Races- Part 2 cancelled

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The continuation of the Boxing Day Horse Races that were cancelled due to poor weather at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on December 26, 2019 has been hit with another snag.

December 26th, 2019
UPDATE: Boxing Day horse races rained out

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- After only two races, the Boxing Day Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, today, December 26, 2019, were postponed following heavy showers.

December 16th, 2019
Boxing Day Races to honour ‘traditional horseman’ William I. Rhymer

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The 2019 Boxing Day horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, will be held in honour of ‘traditional horse owner’ and centenarian, Mr William I. Rhymer.

November 18th, 2019
UPDATE: Thulean returns to winning ways; Barrabas Key is the name!

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The loyal horse racing fans at the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association’s races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on Sunday, November 17, 2019 were treated to a day of exciting encounters, including in the feature race that went down to the wire between rivals Totally Evil and Thulean of St Thomas (STT), US Virgin Islands.

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