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May 8th, 2018
Pasty C. Lake Out! Lesmore Smith In! as new Horse Owners' President

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The BVI Horse Owner’s Association, the body that organises and runs all horse races at the famous Ellis Thomas Downs on Tortola, has new leadership.

December 25th, 2017
After 19 years, No Boxing Day Horse Races @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Residents who are accustomed to the annual Boxing Day horse races each December 26 at Ellis Thomas Downs or the former Little A Racetrack are still feeling the effects of killer storms Irma and Maria.

July 3rd, 2017
UPDATE: Giant Valley 2nd to Totally Evil in St John’s Festival Races

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- Governor’s Cup champion Totally Evil made it 6 wins in a row in the Greater Virgin Islands when he took the feature race of the St John’s Festival Horse Races at Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack on St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) today, July 3, 2017.

June 12th, 2017
Father’s Day Ellis Thomas Downs Races cancelled; St Thomas pulled out!

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Long time horse owner Lesmore Smith has confirmed that Virgin Islands horse races scheduled for Father’s Day, June 18, 2017 at Tortola’s Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, has been cancelled.

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.

January 1st, 2017
2016 was ‘full of challenges’- Patsy C. Lake

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Although the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association (VIHOA) was seen to have made significant strides in many areas, such as purchasing an eight-stall gate as well as actually presenting a proposal to the Government on pari-mutuel wagering, President of that association, Patsy C. Lake has described 2016 as a challenge-filled year.

December 1st, 2016
Senate approves plan to revitalise horse racing in USVI

VI CONSORTIUM

ST. THOMAS — There were doubts that the 31st Legislature would be able to pull it off, but after a Committee of the Whole meeting that lasted over 15 hours — and the meeting being one of this body’s last — US Virgin Islands (USVI) senators deliberated into the wee hours of Thursday December 1, 2016 as they decided whether to approve the agreement forged between the Governor Kenneth E. Mapp administration and VIGL Operations, LLC.

October 30th, 2016
Private company to invest $30 million in USVI horseracing industry

CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - The US Virgin Islands (USVI) will soon be home to two first class horse racetracks thanks to an unprecedented agreement with a private company that will invest more than $30 million in the expansion and modernisation of local horse racing facilities.

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.



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