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UPDATE: Boxing Day horse races rained out

- VI Horse Owners Association reportedly now looking @ Sunday December 29, 2019
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. Photo: Facebook
Rain or shine, the Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay will no doubt be the place to be today, December 26, 2019 for the annual Boxing Day Races, being held this year in honour of centenarian and former horse owner William I. Rhymer. Photo: VINO/File
Rain or shine, the Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay will no doubt be the place to be today, December 26, 2019 for the annual Boxing Day Races, being held this year in honour of centenarian and former horse owner William I. Rhymer. Photo: VINO/File
 The flyer for the Boxing Day horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
The flyer for the Boxing Day horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola. Photo: Facebook
Special mention and recognition will also be given to the late Mr Ira Oliver Skelton at today’s Boxing Day horse races. Photo: VINO/File
Special mention and recognition will also be given to the late Mr Ira Oliver Skelton at today’s Boxing Day horse races. Photo: VINO/File
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.

Seven races were scheduled for the day.

The heavy showers swamped the track and presented a safety concern, forcing the VI Horse Owners Association to call it a day.

Unconfirmed reports are that the Association is looking to continue the races on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Efforts to reach President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mr Lesmore Smith were not successful up to time of publication.

Meanwhile, the first race was won by God's Greatness of 7 A's Stables in St Thomas while the second race was taken by Nadie's Image of Top Priority Racing Stables. 

Virgin Islands News Online will provide an update as soon as more information comes in.

See previous story published December 26, 2019

All roads lead to Ellis Thomas Downs for Boxing Day races!

- Races dedicated to centenarian William I. Rhymer; Special recognition for late Ira Oliver Skelton

Rain or shine, Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay will no doubt be the place to be today, December 26, 2019, a public holiday, for the annual Boxing Day Races, being held this year in honour of centenarian and former horse owner William I. Rhymer.

Some 32 horses- 13 from the [British] Virgin Islands and 19 from the US Virgin Islands (USVI)- will be involved in the 7-race card from 1:00pm.

Debuting in Race 1 will be Baby George and King Wild Cat owned by Lesmore Smith’s Top Priority Stables, Warrior Ridge out of Missionhouse Racing stables and Moveslike Molasses (USVI) owned by Arturo Watlington.

Feature race

The feature race will see Thulean, Totally Evil, Salsa Jack, Barrabas Key and Courage and Honour battling for the $10,500 plus bragging rights.

Of course, local horse owner and President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mr Lesmore Smith, is not counting out his horse, Courage and Honour, to ride to glory.

“I am going to give Mr Rhymer, one of our oldest horsemen in this territory, his flowers while he is still with us. That day is in honour of him.” Mr Smith said.

“The big race that I am going to be participating in with Courage and Honour, I am going to use Courage and Honour that day to honour Mr Rhymer and I will give my best shot to win that race,” Mr Smith continued.

Late Ira Oliver Skelton to be recognised

Additionally, special mention and recognition will also be given to Mr Ira Oliver Skelton who passed away recently. Mr Skelton was regarded as playing a key role in keeping the sport alive in the VI.

The late Skelton had also contributed the pipes for the construction of the rails around the grand stand in 2018.

“And I want to say to his family thanks, he didn’t have to do it. He would come down there at the tracks and he said listen I have some pipes at home I am not using them, I don’t think I will ever use them, come take them, go with them, help yourself,” Mr Smith recalled.

Grand stand will be covered

Meanwhile, added attractions today will include a raffle and prizes for Best Cultural Wear, Lady in Red, Highest Heels, Oldest Senior and more,

Seniors will have a special tent and a discounted cost to enter.

The gate fees are: Adults $15.00, Seniors $10.00 and Children under 12 $5.00.

According to Mr Smith, persons need not have fears about the sun or rain as portions of the grand stand will be covered.

See official race card below:

No photo description available.

19 Responses to “UPDATE: Boxing Day horse races rained out”

  • asking for a freind (26/12/2019, 11:59) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why they charging so much at the gate?
    • SMH (26/12/2019, 15:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Tell ya friend if they can’t afford something, there’s another day or be a friend and give them the balance...
  • ???? (26/12/2019, 12:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why Giacomo not in the feature race? Thought he ran a 1:24
  • This the friend (26/12/2019, 12:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    So that your CHEAP grimy A$$ could stay the. Hone
  • Asking too (26/12/2019, 14:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    How much does it cost??
  • Hmm (26/12/2019, 14:21) Like (10) Dislike (12) Reply
    God Dont Like Ugly!!!!! They send Police to close Fowl Fight yesterday now look no darm horse race take that in ahyo Ba@k Side
    • Bit (26/12/2019, 16:34) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      Gtfoh...You think he like yall putting those fowl to fight? Talking bout god don’t like ugly ,like you aint doing wrong too... F’end’ c@ckroach...
    • @hmm (26/12/2019, 20:48) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Stop blaspheming God’s good name.

      How you going be cursing and using God’s name in the same breath.

      As for fowl fighting...you seriously think God put fowls on the earth for that purpose.

      God is about order not mess.
  • Well Sah (26/12/2019, 16:00) Like (0) Dislike (9) Reply
    I never see oliver to a horse race yet
  • TIGHT BUDGET (26/12/2019, 16:08) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    SUNDAY NOT GOOD BECAUSE MOST OF THE JOCKEYS HAVE TO RETURN TO THEIR HOMELAND. A NEXT THING THE ST.THOMIANS DIDN'T COME PREPARED FOR SO MANY DAYS BECAUSE THEY WILL NEED MORE CLOTHES AND FEED FOR THE HORSES
  • all ah we (26/12/2019, 16:09) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Do we have to pay again?
    • High day stealing (26/12/2019, 17:32) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      I sure hope not. The tickets that were sold should be postponed to Sunday too; mines done save.
  • John White (26/12/2019, 16:46) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    It was the rain that was created by the airplanes the other day...I told ya'll so in the real community board...they are trying to wipe little Tola off the map and cancel our horse races...LOL
  • to hmmm (26/12/2019, 17:24) Like (0) Dislike (17) Reply
    U see there only comven about there own nasty life style .there quote and quote society .there never like to see our recreational association of we gathering getting high but now there see ways of them self making millions. It all right. Wat about bull fighting in a ring .is da not animal brutality. House race the f.... same do ur fuc...ing research how many of them they put down in this industry of that sport .but it look like the world is to be only enjoy by them hmmm...but karma is a bitch ...we need back doc .he was the one who stood up for ur recreational enjoyment of fowl fighting...Andrew u my boy ..look into that ...it on the back of the lil man the the world turn .leave wat bring comfort to those who not just git in the oppressor world .for everything is only for a time
    • Koi (26/12/2019, 19:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Deriving pleasure and money from innocent animals trained to kill each other is sick.
      You need to go and fight your demons.
  • ... (26/12/2019, 20:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    It’s global warming stupid


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