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‘It was time for him to go’ – 'Act' co-owner Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge

- successful horse owner pays tribute to Actspectation, the one who started it all & became such a legend
A sporting legend in the Virgin Islands is no more. The great Virgin Islands race horse Actspectation had to be euthanized yesterday morning September 22, 2015 on the advice of a veterinarian bringing to an end a proud legacy of 19 wins in succession. Photo: Provided
Violet 'Letty' Hodge. Photo: VINO/File
Violet 'Letty' Hodge. Photo: VINO/File
Andre 'Shadow' Dawson. Photo: Facebook
Andre 'Shadow' Dawson. Photo: Facebook
A plaque dedicated to the honour of Actspectation at the stables at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO
A plaque dedicated to the honour of Actspectation at the stables at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO
A sombre mood at L & B Racing Stables at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO
A sombre mood at L & B Racing Stables at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - A sporting legend in the Virgin Islands is no more. The great Virgin Islands race horse Actspectation had to be euthanised yesterday morning September 22, 2015 on the advice of a veterinarian, bringing to an end the retired champion horse that had a proud legacy of 19 wins in succession.

Speaking with this news site yesterday, co-owner of the horse Violet 'Letty' Hodge said coincidentally Actspectation was in his 19th year of life.

Such a legend he was in the Greater Virgin Islands it is a surprise that there aren't songs written about him. He was, however, featured on a postage stamp and cell phone company CCT Global Communications featured him on a phone card following his 19 straight wins.

He wasn't looking too good

Mrs Hodge confirmed the death of the legendary horse to this news site.

“This morning we had to put him down. It was his age. I guess it was his time to go,” she said.

“He wasn’t looking too good for the past couple of days and then I didn’t know whether he was in pain or anything so I had a vet come in this morning to check and she was trying different things and she [the vet] said that she thought it was time. So I went along with her,” said Hodge.

She is of the view that ‘Acts’ record streak of 19 wins won’t be broken for now.

“I am so heartbroken. What can I say…Actspectation put the BVI on the map when it came to horseracing and he continued with 19 straight wins and five Chief Minister’s Cups. Those are records that won’t be broken anytime soon,” said Hodge.

He helped so many people win money

Hodge said that Actspectation helped people to win money as during those 19 wins a lot of his fans would have put money on him and went home richer for it. “He was a great help to his fans because with 19 straight wins and the betting and so on,” she said.

Actspectation was like my baby

“But it is a big big loss to us at L & B Racing Stables. He was like my baby. He started it all, let’s put that way,” she said. “He had 19 straight wins and he died at age 19,” she noted.

Actspectation was remarkable

Speaking to this news site, sports photographer and horse racing enthusiast Andre 'Shadow' Dawson expressed his thoughts at the loss of the legendary horse.

Dawson said he was sorry to hear about the loss of such a great horse.

“I think Actspectation is one of the greatest horses in history to ever step on to race tracks in the Virgin Islands. I guess 19 consecutive victories is what stands out to me and the fact that he had the durability to win 19 races and was seldom injured I think was remarkable in itself.”

A special horse

Back in August 2011, Virgin Islands News Online had the privilege of meeting the legendary horse that still had an air of greatness around it as it stood tall and proud.

“It was the best horse we ever had. He was a true champion and I don’t believe there can be any replacement. He was just such a special horse,” Mrs Hodge had said then.

“It’s the oldest horse in the stable but it still wants to run. If we are to put in on the track it will run. It’s an incredible horse,” Hodge had said. So it had seem then as when the camera and microphone came out for the interview with Mrs Hodge, Aspectation began to prance about in his stable as if to demand the attention that was once his years gone by.

15 Responses to “‘It was time for him to go’ – 'Act' co-owner Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge”

  • just asking.... (23/09/2015, 10:22) Like (9) Dislike (4) Reply
    so where is the eat up/party after the funeral Letty?
  • johnny (23/09/2015, 10:31) Like (8) Dislike (12) Reply
    Them had that poor animal in the stable all the time and wouldn't walk or exercise he so what you expect?
    • Lily Ann (23/09/2015, 15:19) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      After all the millions he won for them .... they didnt let him retire like a normal horse ... had him STILL penned up !!!!!!!
    • Johnny come lately (24/09/2015, 09:41) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
      They walked Act now and again yes! I saw it with my own two eyes.
  • Fan (23/09/2015, 12:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Act did his days would be missed
  • Lb (23/09/2015, 12:48) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Act is featured in many songs and has a song, albeit not as famous, in his name.
  • Stats Man (23/09/2015, 13:50) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    A true legend indeed.
  • qc (23/09/2015, 14:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    It feels like a family member died
  • ausar (23/09/2015, 17:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad to loose a legend like that!
  • qc (23/09/2015, 20:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Act looks very fat in that first photo...bye bye champion
  • :( (24/09/2015, 11:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He reminds me of Seabiscuit, small but tallawah! Boy was he ever. He did his yrs, gave us many moments of excitement & now gone on. Bye Act!
  • Yup (24/09/2015, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Of course Act had a song, I don't remember who sing it or the rest of the words but one part stuck with me and I have used it in speech for years:

    "you want money in your hand, house and land ACTSPECTATION!"
  • facts man (24/09/2015, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Act is horse amough horses
  • ccc (24/09/2015, 15:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ah U never got nothing good to say always negative.
  • be for real (25/09/2015, 06:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Letty hodge we love act he is real legend. Mrs.hodge remember hero die but legend live on. L&B stable does bring legend horse but as a fan of L&B stables please bring back jahmal blacks and Wendell and throw away the spanish boy and his girlfriend. Trust me Mrs.Hodge well love u and L&B stables but they have to go. Wendell to take care of the legend they stop him. Please bring back them we love u mrs.hoge rip actspectation the best eve.r

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