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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.

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.

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