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August 11th, 2017
Ellis Thomas Downs & A.O. Shirley Ground damaged by floods

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Call it Force Majeure, an act of God, or Mother Nature’s Revenge, but the flash floods that brought misery to so many also laid claim to sporting arenas without fear or favour.

June 12th, 2017
Father’s Day Ellis Thomas Downs Races cancelled; St Thomas pulled out!

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.

April 3rd, 2017
UPDATE: Totally Evil is ‘too fast’

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Action was as usual at an all-time high when pounding hooves and cheering patrons met at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, on the main island of Tortola, to see who would rise to bragging rights and who would fall and work harder, be it in tactic or speed.

March 29th, 2017
Short but action packed card for Ellis Thomas Downs April 2, 2017

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – A small but intriguing race card awaits avid fans of Horse Racing on Sunday April 2, 2017 at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, with six horses from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) expected to also compete.

December 28th, 2016
Horseracing & fashion lit up Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- A fashion show was among entertainment given to hundreds of patrons decked in their Sunday’s best who flooded the gates of Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay for the annual Boxing Day races on a warm yet breezy afternoon on Monday December 26, 2016.

December 21st, 2016
34 horses & over $30K in Boxing Day Races @ Ellis Thomas Downs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The traditional Boxing Day horse racing at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay promises to be another affair to remember on Monday December 26, 2016 with a large crowd expected to witness five races and 34 horses looking to win purses of over $30,000.

August 19th, 2016
Visitors come to place bets on horses- Lesmore Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Long time horse owner Lesmore Smith has again called for pari-mutuel betting in the Virgin Islands to be made legal.

July 22nd, 2016
Smith confident of Giant Valley Cup double

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The August 2, 2016, Festival Race Meet at Ellis Thomas Downs promises to deliver an action packed card as well as the usual slate of entertainment and “after party” excitement.

July 13th, 2016
Ellis Thomas Downs gets professional 8-stall starting gate

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Issues of gates not opening and other starting problems are expected to be drastically reduced if not eliminated at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, thanks to a modern professional 8-stall gate that has been acquired by the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association.

June 20th, 2016
‘Better late than never’- Son of horse racing honouree Jim Smith

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola- “They never gave him anything when he was alive, but it’s better late than never so I am thankful to the VI Horse Owners Association,” commented McDonald Smith on receiving a plaque in honour of his late father and horse racing stalwart, Mr Jim Smith.

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