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Moonlight Bandit wins $6K purse in 2-horse race @ Ellis Thomas Downs

- comes from behind to beat Warrior's Ridge
Moonlight Bandit gave horse racing fans a treat on Sunday, August 16, 2020, when he thrillingly came from behind to win a two-horse clash at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO
Warrior's Ridge made his debut at Ellis Thomas Downs on August 16, 2020, and gave a good showing. Photo: VINO
Warrior's Ridge made his debut at Ellis Thomas Downs on August 16, 2020, and gave a good showing. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Moonlight Bandit gave horse racing fans a treat on Sunday, August 16, 2020, when he thrillingly came from behind to win a two-horse clash at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay.

The horse was competing against one other horse, Warrior’s Ridge, in a single race of the day to a small audience, a first since the coronavirus pandemic affected the Virgin Islands over three months ago.

“We personally just run among ourselves for $6,000, and that’s between me and the other horse owner,” an elated Dion Stevens, the owner of Moonlight Bandit, said.

Stevens added that the two horse owners decided to compete in the single race because: “the horse them here put down and we gotta feed them and take care of them so, we might as well keep the sport alive.”

Stevens also said that the race was done outside of the VI Horse Owners Association.

He said soon he is expecting to see more horse owners team up and compete against each other on the track.

Warrior’s Ridge made debut

In the meantime, the losing horse, Warrior's Ridge, made his debut on the horse track and gave a good showing.

Part-owner of the horse, Shanesen Turnbull, like Stevens, said he chose to participate to keep the sport going.

“Hopefully this is a start, and it will get back up,” he said moments after his defeat.

He said the horse is six years old and it was imported from Puerto Rico.

3 Responses to “Moonlight Bandit wins $6K purse in 2-horse race @ Ellis Thomas Downs”

  • race horse owner (17/08/2020, 13:48) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    I was glad to see the race on the news it is time somebody take over that race track work with Government to find a developer and build back the race track it is one of the best tracks in the carribean i the USVI does not have no tracks right now and if races can be developed from that point of view go ahead COVIT yes is a hold up but if well organized races can be held get Lake back in the gamw
  • jack (17/08/2020, 14:43) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
    A set a dead horses get some real races
  • jack (17/08/2020, 14:43) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    A set a dead horses get some real races


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