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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.

November 14th, 2016
Gaming laws hindering $20M investment in horse racing- Hon Walwyn

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn says a mind-set change and a discussion amongst the VI Horse Owners Association (VIHOA), along with the present laws of the territory on prohibiting gaming, are the three things standing in the way of taking the sport to the next level.

October 12th, 2016
Patsy C. Lake changes mind on calling it quits

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association Mrs Patsy C. Lake has changed her mind about calling it quits after a year at the helm of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association.

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.

January 16th, 2013
Meet the 'voice' of horse racing in the VI- Rashidi M. Clenance

By Reuben J. A. Stoby

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The horses break the gate and are blazing down the track with a bunch of horses fighting for the lead as a gap opens in the middle. The track announcer suddenly comes to life and indicates that a horse from behind is making a move on the outside.

December 27th, 2012
UPDATE: What makes the VI different? Fan on absence of Pari-mutuel Wagering

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- “Render unto Caesar the things that are of Caesar and unto God the things that are of God, in the house of Caesar betting or the fancy name you call it, Pari-mutuel Wagering, is the order of the day, so why this government don’t allow the sport to grow by approving the one main thing that makes the game of horse racing?"

October 26th, 2012
A Biblical Position on Gambling

By Rev. Dr. Melvin A. Turnbull

My position on what could be considered a vexing issue is simply to speak where God speaks, and to be still until He does. It needs to be understood that God’s direction to mankind is basically communicated in two main ways: through laws and/or through principles. Where there is a law, there is no room for debate – it’s either we obey and ‘live’ or disobey and ‘die.’

October 21st, 2012
Most hypocrites are in church!- Caller to sports talk show

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A caller to the talk show Sports Talk, which was aired on Saturday October 20, 2012 on a local radio station, claimed that most “hypocrites are in the church”. The topic at the time was Pari-Mutuel betting at Ellis Thomas Downs.

October 15th, 2012
“Pari-Mutuel has to come”-Eileene L. Parsons

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Legislator, Government Minister and Cultural icon Mrs. Eileene L. Parsons said on a local sports radio talk show that “Pari-Mutuel has to come”.

December 28th, 2011
Better purse structure will enhance participation at races

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With the participation from arch-rivals St. Thomas and St. Croix never guaranteed whenever there are horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs here in the Virgin Islands, President-elect of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association, Lesmore Smith, believes increasing prize monies would help to improve participation from the two US Territories.


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