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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, 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.

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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