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December 28th, 2020
Moonlight Bandit sweeps feature race @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Moonlight Bandit had horse racing fans jumping for joy as it trotted to victory in the feature race of the Boxing Day Races, held at Ellis Thomas Downs on Sunday, December 27, 2020.

December 26th, 2020
'Keeping hope & culture alive' - Lesmore Smith says 6 horses to compete @ Sunday races!

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Six horses will be competing for bragging rights in what has been called the first official horse races to be held in the [British] Virgin Islands since the Coronavirus crisis struck the territory in March, 2020.

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.

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.

December 28th, 2015
'Letty' threatens to quit horse racing; claims persons rejoiced @ Doughmaker's demise

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Horse owner Violet ‘Letty’ Delville-Hodge is extremely upset that her championship horse, Doughmaker, had to be put to sleep yesterday December 27, 2015 during the Boxing Day races following injury on the track due to what she alleges to be lack of care for the track at Ellis Thomas Downs by the BVI Horse Owners' Association.

December 28th, 2015
UPDATE: Bittersweet victory for My Pal Shawn

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The celebrations were muted by the sad news that Doughmaker had to be euthanised after falling around the last bend, but My Pal Shawn comfortably won the feature clash of the Boxing Day Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on Sunday December 27, 2015.

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.

December 25th, 2014
UPDATE: Some STT horses scratched for 2014 Boxing Day race

SEA COW’S BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands News Online was reliably informed that some of the horses that were due to come up from St Thomas, United States Virgin Islands for tomorrow’s December 26, 2014 Boxing Day races at Ellis Thomas Downs will not be coming.

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