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'Letty' threatens to quit horse racing; claims persons rejoiced @ Doughmaker's demise

- Popular & most successful horse owner in the VI Violet ‘Letty’ Delville-Hodge said people want L&B Racing Stables out of horse racing
Horse owner Violet ‘Letty’ Delville-Hodge is extremely upset that her championship horse, Doughmaker, had to be put to sleep following injury on the track due to what she alleges to be lack of care. Photo: VINO/File
Doughmaker crosses the line first in the Governor's Cup in St Thomas, USVI on May 1, 2015. Photo: Virgin Islands Daily News
Doughmaker crosses the line first in the Governor's Cup in St Thomas, USVI on May 1, 2015. Photo: Virgin Islands Daily News
Doughmaker had to be put to sleep after breaking both of its front legs at Ellis Thomas Downs on December 27, 2015. Lake Texoma and Really Uptown are other notable horses of L&B Racing Stables that have followed a similar fate. Photo: Team of Reporters
Doughmaker had to be put to sleep after breaking both of its front legs at Ellis Thomas Downs on December 27, 2015. Lake Texoma and Really Uptown are other notable horses of L&B Racing Stables that have followed a similar fate. Photo: Team of Reporters
“I want to say that I am not a sore loser. I have feelings and I have always been for horses. This is not the first time I have been bitching about vets at the track,” Violet 'Letty' Hodge said. Photo: VINO
“I want to say that I am not a sore loser. I have feelings and I have always been for horses. This is not the first time I have been bitching about vets at the track,” Violet 'Letty' Hodge said. Photo: VINO
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.

Doughmaker, the winner of the 2015 Governor’s Cup in St Thomas, USVI on May 1, 2015 was euthanised after breaking both front legs during the feature race.

Hodge is alleging that her horse suffered in pain for over an hour before he was put out of his misery.

“I want to say that I am not a sore loser. I have feelings and I have always been for horses. This is not the first time I have been bitching about vets at the track,” she said.

“When Break Up The Game from St Thomas broke it’s legs here on the same track I am the one who made a stink about it because I may looking out for all horses not just mine,” she said.

Hodge said that the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association failed to ensure that a veterinarian was on the track for a big race such as what took place yesterday.

Bad track caused Doughmaker tragedy?

Additionally, Ms Hodge said the condition of the track might have contributed to the injury her horse suffered.

She explained that the track was wet following two showers of rain earlier in the day and still the management of the track saw it fit to bring in a water truck to dampen an already damp track.

“This is my third horse that I’ve lost at this track all because of carelessness out here. Everybody thinks she is the Mother Teresa of horse racing and she doesn’t give a **** about anything for horses,” said Hodge.

'I done with it'

Because of yesterday’s incident, Letty threatened to leave the sport she had become so known as being a supporter of over the many years.

“I done with it. Whatever horses I have I will run but I’m done with it because this wouldn’t get better. I don’t care anymore because L&B has been here from the beginning and it’s the only racing stable that everybody wants to kill,” she said.

Further, she accused others in the horse racing fraternity of rejoicing over the fact that her horse had to be put down.

“I never rejoice at other horse owners’ misfortune,” she said. “I am not bawling because I lost. I’m speaking out because things are not changing,” she said. “If they want me out of horse racing they got me out,” said Hodge, adding that she is refusing to participate in the sport under the new presidency of Patsy C. Lake.

Efforts up to post time to get a response from incoming President of the BVI Horse Owners' Association, Patsy C. Lake as well as outgoing President, Karen B. Smith-Aaron proved futile.

49 Responses to “'Letty' threatens to quit horse racing; claims persons rejoiced @ Doughmaker's demise ”

  • bittersweetdreams (28/12/2015, 11:45) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    She is just mad...Give her a break and she will be back after she cools off...She is going thru an emotional period just about now/
    • @ bitterweetdreams (28/12/2015, 12:13) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      everything is a joke for some of ayo you know the track up keep is not right were is the dam photo minister?
      • HMPH (aka SoCal Comantatar) (28/12/2015, 18:26) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
        i gues her no a sore losser bout she horse or she losin contol o de horeseracin owner asocition dat her use to run
      • rocky (28/12/2015, 22:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
        don't blame the track, blame the jockey, doughmaker had no chance of winning that race, all the jockey had to do was pull him back after he saw what was taking place, I even heard dough maker stumble going around, I heard because I was to caught up in bitter sweat dream and mypalshawn battling it out!
      • wise minds (29/12/2015, 07:39) Like (28) Dislike (0) Reply
        just wondering, why is it that the l&b stables seems to be the one's that suffers the most, at these bad miss haps, it just came cross my mind, is it really the track or is it the horses or is it just bad luck of that stable?
        • shaw (31/12/2015, 00:04) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          didn't they have to put down another winner just last year? It seems like such a business, if the horse isn't performing put it down because it costs money to feed it. I feel horrible at the pain this horse must have felt.
          Time to get out letty. I am not too keen on Patsy in any case (or any circumstance).
  • don't mind she (28/12/2015, 11:46) Like (6) Dislike (10) Reply
    1 go 10 come
  • telling it like it is (28/12/2015, 11:50) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    L&B knew that the horse wasn't fit and forced him into a big race. Now they want to put blame on association. It was ayo fault because ayo forced the horse. The horse wasn't race fit. He was stumbling because he was weak and tired.
  • Who Cares? (28/12/2015, 11:51) Like (23) Dislike (22) Reply
    Horse racing was going on before you came and will continue to go on after you're gone.
    • @ Who cares? (28/12/2015, 12:18) Like (26) Dislike (7) Reply
      as a fan with out L & B I will not be attending races bottom line
    • BVI MASSIVE IN USVI (28/12/2015, 14:32) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
      History corner, her father Mr. L was one of the first person with horse racing in the BVI. All she is doing is carrying it on, go to the library and do some research before you blog.
      • Wheel And Come Again (28/12/2015, 15:44) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
        your statement is false
        • BVI MASSIVE IN USVI (29/12/2015, 08:56) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ wheel and come again, have you heard of a horse name Shaggy, it was owned by Mr. L and Mr. S out of West End and its owner families still live there. I want you to go and to an elder in the community and ask who was in to horse racing about famous winning horses. My father at 90 plus was a great horse racing fan, he always told us to know your history before you run you mouth.
          • tola (30/12/2015, 05:49) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
            boss, shaggy was own by Mr. Jim smith my great uncle, what nonsense u talking, lol, lol!
            • BVI MASSIVE IN USVI (02/01/2016, 12:57) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
              @tola, for your information Mr. S is Mr. J. Smith thats my family too and Mr. L is Mr. J Lockhart . I am one of the babies of frechman's cay that used to be around that horse.
  • winners always celebrate (28/12/2015, 11:53) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
    We were celebrating because we won the race not because of what happened to her horse.
  • 2@ a blow (28/12/2015, 11:55) Like (6) Dislike (16) Reply
    She is only upset because my pal shawn blew both of her horses away.
  • ... (28/12/2015, 11:56) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    everybody cant be a hater because they don't back l and b?
    • @ ... (28/12/2015, 12:22) Like (20) Dislike (5) Reply
      Trust me half of dem are down right letty and bob haters but they will raise again
  • SMH (28/12/2015, 12:03) Like (26) Dislike (9) Reply
    Letty I am with you 101%. This place just make you want to say wow.
  • facts man (28/12/2015, 12:12) Like (14) Dislike (12) Reply
    letty they just jealous of you if you go horse race will die
  • Fam (28/12/2015, 12:17) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    I agree with Letty they too dam bias
  • Poor she (28/12/2015, 13:02) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    Can't win all!!!..... don't be a loser. Every disappointed is for a good
  • Vi girl (28/12/2015, 13:14) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think horse racing needs more control. They say they want to start this betting thing well they need to put the right perspectives in order because I could see nuff people going die, not just horse. we get too greedy and have such thin skin.
  • Political Observer (28/12/2015, 13:42) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    The track should be in a relatively safe race condition to protect the horses and to protect horse owners investment. If the trend continues, owners may not want to put their (investment) at a higher than normal risk. Track standards should be established and strictly adhered to. BVI has a penchant of building facilities but often fails to do the timely needed maintenance and repair to protect and preserve the investment so as to extend their lifecycle, and sustain reliability and functionality. The committee needs to huddle and devised a strategy(s) to protect the health of horses, the main attraction and the straw that stirs the horse racing drink( no horses no races), improve the fan experience, improve the track image, improve the infrastructure ...........etc.
  • Well Sah (28/12/2015, 13:43) Like (46) Dislike (5) Reply
    Sorry but I wouldn't run a goat on that track. Something is wrong with the surface. That track has a history of broken horse legs. How often do you hear of tracks in the States or other places broken horse legs like that. Sad Sad very sad
  • zoe (28/12/2015, 14:57) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Long live L and B stables
  • farmer brown (28/12/2015, 15:18) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hope the photo minister took his pic with the broken leg horse set of oppresors
  • wize up (28/12/2015, 15:33) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    give the facility to a private owner also allow betting on the races
  • My advice. (28/12/2015, 15:43) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everybody seems to enjoy winning and the glory of been on top.. But they forget there is another side of competition call. Losing, getting nock down ..But quitting only make us weak selfish losers..Letty, This is my advise.. Rise aagain, then quit when you at the top.
  • matter of fact (28/12/2015, 15:46) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Injuries are limited in the us because owners do not run their horses lame, soar etc.., when they get injured they retire the
  • welcome to the club. (28/12/2015, 15:54) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    No matter how much you do for your own people and your country, have one bad incident happened to you.. Then you realize the Devils you have been feeding and hanging around with..(welcome to the bad experience club)...Be yourself..follow your heart. Stay calm.
  • GREED (28/12/2015, 16:52) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    If you know the track aint right, why run the horses on it?
  • facts man (28/12/2015, 17:17) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    If i was letty i will sue the goverment they did not up keep the race track
  • FANS (28/12/2015, 17:24) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    we with you Ms. Hodge do not back down when no one else had horses you and Bob were there to save horse race over and over again
  • pat (28/12/2015, 18:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The ndp has failed the sports of horse race take it from myron and give it back to the premier ova & out!
  • ........... (28/12/2015, 18:59) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Come on Letty, I know you are angry but they celebrated when Jesus was Crucified so that should not bother you, although I understand how you feel. I know the fans of L&B far outnumber the haters. You all have made the Virgin Islands proud and have given us plenty to cheer about over the years. But like I said yesterday, the track needs shutting down until everything is put in order. We need to find out whether the horses are unfit or if the track is the problem or both. The last time you left the sport I felt bad but this time around, I myself have had enough if these incompetent fools can't do something as simple as hiring a vet to be on the track each race day, so that the horses don't have to suffer. It is the height of sloppiness and unconcern.
  • True (28/12/2015, 19:23) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    i agree with you Letty....not saying our people can't maintain a horse track, but why not bring in a track specialist someone who knows how a surface is suppose to be and give them advice..
  • vip (28/12/2015, 20:54) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    The VIP built that track and had a specialist regraded it a couple years ago. Since then it gone to hell under NDP.
  • Track wet (29/12/2015, 02:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Not a horse racing person but I said the day before a horse would break its leg on the track as it has been raining lots and the track damages horses when it's wet. Don't care whose horse it because it keeps happening way too often for one track. Do a bit of research to compare BVI track and damaged horses to others.
  • when yo rush the brush (29/12/2015, 08:17) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    So the track was only bad for letty's horse??? How come the other horses didn't break their legs??? HER HORSE LEGS WERE BAD AND THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE...The horse recently came off a leg injury and perhaps was not properly healed.
    • ccc (29/12/2015, 10:28) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok now karen arron said it all no vet and no work for years on the surface so letty is vendicated bam
    • leg broke off (02/01/2016, 22:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Gosh look at this pic...larddd
    • dumb (05/01/2016, 19:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So go n do some research and see if this was the only horse for the year
  • trot (29/12/2015, 22:40) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Whaerr is the b portion of l and b. He no longer a racing fan?
  • SMH (05/01/2016, 19:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I can't believe the nonsense from half of these ppl who live on tortola.... the woman feels sadden for the lost of her horse... you all need to go befriend someone or something n have it suddenly taken away from you... miss Letty don't mind the haters I feel your pain... still have the most powerful stable around


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