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February 4th, 2020
‘God knows I need help; I am ready to give up’ – Lesmore Smith

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- When Ellis Thomas Downs, the home of horse racing in the [British] Virgin Islands, was extensively damaged by the 2017 hurricanes, President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association and long-time horse owner, Mr Lesmore Smith took on the mantle of ensuring the sport did not die by first working to get the grandstands and track fixed and then consistently organising race cards, often using his own resources to ensure plans became reality.

January 31st, 2020
7 races carded for Pre-Valentine’s Races @ Ellis Thomas Downs this Sunday

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- After inclement weather and other issues twice prevented 5 races on the 2019 Boxing Day Horse Race Card organised by the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, the races will now be run on another card dubbed Pre-Valentine’s Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay this Sunday, February 2, 2020.

January 17th, 2020
UPDATE: Boxing Day Races- Part 2 cancelled

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The continuation of the Boxing Day Horse Races that were cancelled due to poor weather at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on December 26, 2019 has been hit with another snag.

December 30th, 2019
Legalise 'parimutuel wagering' or risk losing support of USVI horse owners- Lesmore Smith

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association is urging the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government to urgently bring legislation to the House of Assembly (HoA) to legalise betting at horse races locally or risk losing the sport to sister territory United States Virgin Islands (USVI).

December 27th, 2019
Boxing Day horse races to continue on January 19, 2020

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The remaining horse races that were cancelled on December 26, 2019 at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay due to heavy downpours will now be run on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

December 26th, 2019
UPDATE: Boxing Day horse races rained out

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- After only two races, the Boxing Day Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, today, December 26, 2019, were postponed following heavy showers.

December 16th, 2019
Boxing Day Races to honour ‘traditional horseman’ William I. Rhymer

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The 2019 Boxing Day horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, will be held in honour of ‘traditional horse owner’ and centenarian, Mr William I. Rhymer.

November 12th, 2019
Thulean, Totally Evil or Salsa Jack? Excitement builds for Nov. 17 races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Will it be Thulean again or will Totally Evil get sweet revenge after two defeats? Is an upset likely from Courage and Honour or will Salsa Jack spring another surprise win?

September 3rd, 2019
Horse racing this Sunday in memory of Clinton E. Romney aka ‘Bouncer’

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- A top fan of Virgin Islands’ horse racing, the late Clinton E. Romney aka ‘The Bouncer’, will be honoured in the most fitting way, with a memorial horse race meet at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

July 12th, 2019
‘People said we would only become a training track’- Lesmore Smith

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- “I am not raising my own flags but giving myself a pat on the back as well, while not being boastful about it, that the Virgin Islands has the only [horse racing] track running and it probably will be the only track [in Greater Virgin Islands] for the next year.”

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