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January 13th, 2016
New starting gate being sought for Ellis Thomas Downs

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – New President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Mrs Patsy C. Lake has disclosed that even though the VI Classic horse racing meet is scheduled for this Sunday January 17, 2016, the entire sum for the purses has not been secured.

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.

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.

September 30th, 2015
My Pal Shawn, Wrol Up to do battle @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – With two debutants in the running, the races at Ellis Thomas Downs on October 4, 2015 promise to be an event full of energy and excitement from the five races set.

September 23rd, 2015
‘It was time for him to go’ – 'Act' co-owner Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - A sporting legend in the Virgin Islands is no more. The great Virgin Islands race horse Actspectation had to be euthanised yesterday morning September 22, 2015 on the advice of a veterinarian, bringing to an end the retired champion horse that had a proud legacy of 19 wins in succession.

August 4th, 2015
UPDATE: St Moose victory marred by Break Up The Game injury

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The 8th running of the Premier’s Cup at the Ellis Thomas Downs on Tuesday August 4, 2015 was won by St Moose, but the race will go down in the history books for sadder reasons.

August 1st, 2015
Big showdown expected @ Aug 4 races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Ellis Thomas Downs is set for a showdown on August 4, 2015 when the Premier’s Cup is run at the Festival Races, featuring Wrol Up, Town Hall, Chilean Boy of Tortola and St Moose of St Croix and Break Up The Game out of St Thomas, USVI.

June 18th, 2015
Tortola horses skip STT races to prep for home event

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Horses from Tortola will not be participating in the upcoming race meet in St Thomas at the Clinton E. Phipps race track as the June 28, 2015 races fall too close to the time that the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association will stage its own meet billed for July 12, 2015.

April 27th, 2015
3 Tortola horses in STT's Governor’s Cup

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St. Thomas, USVI – Three Tortola horses, Doughmaker, Chilean Boy and Trading Secrets will go head to head with Uptown Anthem, Giant Valley and Break Up The Game in the Governor’s Cup – the feature race on May 1, 2015 at the Clinton E. Phipps Race Track, St. Thomas, USVI.

March 26th, 2015
'Doughmaker raring to go!'- Violet 'Letty' Hodge

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Minus participation from the United States Virgin Islands, Ellis Thomas Downs Race Track will come alive on Sunday April 12, 2015 with a five-race card featuring some of the Tortola's top local horses.

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