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“Pari-Mutuel has to come”-Eileene L. Parsons

- Former legislator called on National Democratic Party Government to bring Bill to HOA
Former Legislator and Government Minister Mrs. Eileene L. S. Parsons called into a local radio sports show and called on the National Democratic Party Government to bring to the House of Assembly the legislation on Pari-Mutuel wagering. However, she admitted that if the pari-mutuel provision of the bill is a stumbling block, then it can be removed and the Bill passed without it in the interest of good management of Ellis Thomas Downs. One of the items in the Bill, according to Mrs. Parsons, a cultural icon, is a Horse Racing Commission. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands’ famous Ellis Thomas Downs has no Pari-Mutuel wagering, which continue to result in the struggle of the Horse Owner's Association to have frequent races and pay purses. Currently, the sport is on the decline with no horses and no money to maintain the sports or the facility which is very popular amongst indigenous Virgin Islanders. If Pari-Mutuel betting is introduced via legislation, it could pour millions of needed dollars into the sports and the Government coffers like it does in most developed countries around the world. Photo: VINO/File
The Virgin Islands’ famous Ellis Thomas Downs has no Pari-Mutuel wagering, which continue to result in the struggle of the Horse Owner's Association to have frequent races and pay purses. Currently, the sport is on the decline with no horses and no money to maintain the sports or the facility which is very popular amongst indigenous Virgin Islanders. If Pari-Mutuel betting is introduced via legislation, it could pour millions of needed dollars into the sports and the Government coffers like it does in most developed countries around the world. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Legislator, Government Minister and Cultural icon Mrs. Eileene L. Parsons said on a local sports radio talk show that “Pari-Mutuel has to come”.

Mrs. Parsons, a fan and supporter of Virgin Islands horse racing- a sport popular amongst indigenous residents, was at the time calling in on the show ‘Sports Talk’ on a local radio station on Saturday October 13, 2012.  The show was hosted by Tony ‘Bone Crusher’ Smith and with co-host and another former Legislator E. Walwyn Brewley. Steve George is also a guest side kick on the show.

Mrs. Parsons told the station in her usually passionate voice, “We need to pass the legislation as it’s there already and if the topic of pari-mutuel is the issue then take it out.”

She said legislation could be passed that cover other portions of managing the racetrack such as the Horse Racing Commission while taking out the pari-mutuel item, but the bill needs to be passed.

Mrs. Parsons was frank in saying that “it's no sense closing our eyes and burying our heads in the sand over this issue….lots of money change hands currently on the racetrack.” She was at the time referring to man to man betting.

Mrs. Parsons, who was also instrumental when she was a Minister of Government in the upgrade of the new racetrack, asked “What are we trying to protect? Are we so holy?”

Current President of the Virgin Islands’ Horse Owner’s Association, Lesmore Smith, and owner of the L & B Stables and a former Horse Owner’s President herself, Violet ‘Letty’ Hodge, have also called on Government to introduce Pari-Mutuel wagering to the racetrack.

Mrs. Parsons wrote current Minister for Sports on naming of two places

Mrs. Parsons also announced on the Sports talk show on Saturday that she has written current Minister for Education and Cultural Honourable Myron V. Walywn requesting that two land marks be named; The Long Bush softball field in honour of former legislator and fourth district representative E. Walwyn Brewley and the Grandstands at Ellis Thomas Downs in honour of the late horse racing hero, owner, trainer and organiser Alex Ritter.

The Minister for Education and Culture could not be reached at press time on whether Mrs. Parsons suggestions have been taking up by the Dr. Smith Administration.

What is Pari-Mutuel Wagering?

Pari-Mutuel betting according to research came from the French Pari Mutuel or mutual betting.  It is a betting system in which all bets of a particular type are placed together in a pool and payoff odds are calculated by sharing the pool among all winning bets. In some countries it is known as the Tote after the totalisator which calculates and displays bets already made.

The Pari-Mutuel wagering system is used in legal gambling on horse racing, greyhound racing, jai alai, and all sporting events of relatively short duration in which participants finish in a ranked order. A modified pari-mutuel system is also used in some lottery games.

Pari-Mutuel wagering is state-regulated, and offered in many places where gambling is otherwise illegal. Pari-Mutuel gambling is often also offered at "off track" facilities, where players may bet on the events without actually being present to observe them in person. 

Many countries around the world and certain States in the United States of America received huge financial benefits from this and in many States in the United States and Europe the profits are use to main horse racing facilities and pay purses and help offset many national budgets.

Pari-Mutuel wagering on horse races exist in countries such as, Great Britain, USA, Barbados, Sweden, Japan, the Middle East, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, many European Union Countries, Africa, Hong Kong, South Korea, Jamaica, and Malaysia to name a few.

13 Responses to ““Pari-Mutuel has to come”-Eileene L. Parsons”

  • small head (15/10/2012, 08:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lawd ah mussy I aint ah fan of Ms. P but goodness gracious me agree wid she…many of dem devil playin holy and dem does be bitting down on dey track
  • Native Boy (15/10/2012, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With dem two so called "Christians" in the NDP girl Ms. Parsons tis aint going nowhere soon!
  • critic (15/10/2012, 09:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she was in there before and didn't do it...her government in now so lets see if she and them got balls
  • One Eye (15/10/2012, 09:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Both VIP and NDP afraid of this bill so both are to be blame
  • under the bus (15/10/2012, 10:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    No more jokes from Johnny
  • ccc (15/10/2012, 15:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good point Ms. Parsons
  • yes we can (15/10/2012, 21:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I heard her on NDP radio on this topic but they still have not answered the questions…same old same old
    • jtv (16/10/2012, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Miss Parsons I believe there are only two persons in the BVI with the balls to move this forward you and julien Frazer
      • goerge w. touch (16/10/2012, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We will have to wait until the VIP return to power with Fraser as Chief before we get this pramatural thing pass
  • dem say (17/10/2012, 16:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let’s see how much power Ms. Parson got to get her NDP government to make this happen in there 4 years...We the people will be waiting!!!
  • far (18/10/2012, 10:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who said BVI is a Christian Community? FAR FROM IT TOO MUCH DEVILS
    • tell the truth (18/10/2012, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      People get it in your heard para mutuel is the only thing to save the Tortola race track.. look at st. Thomas and st. Croix who have para mutuel see they have races so often now almost two times each month.. every day you hearing a new horse coming. in st. Thomas and st, Croix only these hypocrtists here making excuses but Christian this and Christian that when we done know it’s a fraud
  • high hope (18/10/2012, 12:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Parsons you should know by now that after 11 months the NDP has no interest in this topic. For I remember last month a man called in on ndp radio show and asked Orlando about betting...doc had never answer the question...so go figure Ms. Parsons..there is your answer


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