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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.

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.


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