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June 6th, 2016
UPDATE: Enthralling encounters at Pre- August Races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- While all the attention from the small crowd was on the feature battle at the Pre-August Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on June 5, 2016, the day’s earlier match ups had produced some enthralling encounters.

March 24th, 2016
Wrol Up, Honors & Bellamy Chief among horses in QEII Classic race

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Come Sunday March 27, 2016, Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on the main island of Tortola will come alive with six exciting races to honour the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II celebrating her 90th birthday this year.

February 9th, 2016
USVI horse owners displeased with condition of Ellis Thomas Downs!

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A number of horse owners both in the Virgin Islands and in the neighbouring United States Virgin Islands believe that the track surface at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay has not been getting the maintenance that it needs and thus posed a potential danger to horses.

January 16th, 2016
Screen erected to block out derelict vehicles eyesore @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Many spectators, horse racing fans and residents from around the Third District have long complained about the unsightly look of the derelict vehicles dump site at the Eastern side of Ellis Thomas Downs, the only horse racing facility on the main island of Tortola.

January 6th, 2016
Flock of sheep reports to EE Police Station!

EAST END, Tortola, VI- It seems the East End Police Station on the island of Tortola is now the centre for animals to make reports as following a story we did in November 2015 about a horse photographed visiting the station one night, a flock of sheep has since visited the facility.

December 28th, 2015
UPDATE: Bittersweet victory for My Pal Shawn

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The celebrations were muted by the sad news that Doughmaker had to be euthanised after falling around the last bend, but My Pal Shawn comfortably won the feature clash of the Boxing Day Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on Sunday December 27, 2015.

December 23rd, 2015
11 horses to make debut @ 'Boxing Day' races on Dec 27, 2015

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Some 11 horses are expected to make their debut during the Boxing Day horse racing extravaganza this December 27, 2015 at Ellis Thomas Downs, in Sea Cows Bay on the Virgin Islands' main island of Tortola.

November 26th, 2015
Photo of horse 'visiting' East End Police Station goes viral

EAST END, Tortola, VI- Maybe it was complaining about its ‘animal rights’ being violated, or that the track at Ellis Thomas Downs still needs fixing, or that the cows were giving horses a bad name by going into people’s yard and destroying their kitchen gardens.

November 9th, 2015
Patsy C. Lake fails in alleged bid to lease SCB land for horses

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Controversy seems to be brewing regarding the leasing of land around the territory’s lone racetrack, Ellis Thomas Downs, in Sea Cows Bay for the grazing of horses from Family Affair Racing Stables as a deal that was allegedly being negotiated fell through.

October 14th, 2015
Pari-mutuel betting @ Ellis Thomas Downs can reduce crime- Bishop John I. Cline

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Despite the notion that the Virgin Islands is said to be a Christian society for the most part, the jury seems to be decided in favour of pari-mutuel wagering, as its practical benefits trump convictions of religious beliefs.

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