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UPDATE: Feature horse race gets $15k increase for purse of $20k

three way Easter feature race set for Sunday April 13, 2014 at Ellis Thomas Downs; post time for first race is 2:30PM
Two of the three major contenders for tomorrow's race; Town Hall (left) and Really Uptown all ready for the meet. Photo: VINO/File
Photo: The races, set to be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 will pit three of the Virgin Islands’ best speedsters – L-R Ethelred, Really Uptown and Town Hall – head to head against each other in the feature 7 furlongs sprint for a purse of $5000. Photo: VINO/File
Photo: The races, set to be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 will pit three of the Virgin Islands’ best speedsters – L-R Ethelred, Really Uptown and Town Hall – head to head against each other in the feature 7 furlongs sprint for a purse of $5000. Photo: VINO/File
The team of The Boys stables noted that their horse Ethelred continues to be underrated but trainer and exercise jockey David A. Campbell aka Jamdown (right) said he was confident that his horse will run a good race. Photo: VINO/File
The team of The Boys stables noted that their horse Ethelred continues to be underrated but trainer and exercise jockey David A. Campbell aka Jamdown (right) said he was confident that his horse will run a good race. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Information just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that legislators Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Hon. Mark H. Vanterpool and Hon Archibald C. Christian along with other entities have upped the purse for the highly anticipated three-way clash at Ellis Thomas Downs tomorrow, April 13, 2014 by adding an additional $15,000.

In what seems a clear bid to heighten the stakes and already brimming excitement surrounding tomorrow’s feature race, the legislators contributed the sum in conjunction with Nagico Insurance and OneMart Superstore.

The feature event of the Easter Race card at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay will pit champion horse Really Uptown, Town Hall and Ethelred against each other. The race previously carried a purse of $5000 but will now be run for a whopping $20,000 instead.

Meanwhile, President of the VI Horse Owners Association, Mrs Karen B. Aaron said she is not predicting a clear victor in the races and does not expect it to be a runaway for any of the horses.

“The feature race is an exciting race,” said Mrs Aaron, “I expect it to be tight, I don’t expect a runaway from any of the horses.”

She expressed hopes that there would be good support for the horse races and expected fans to come out in their numbers for the event.

See previous story posted April 11, 2014:

'Ethelred will pull off an upset at Downs on Sunday' - Trainer

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Anticipation continues to mount ahead of the most highly awaited clash in horse racing in years with fans setting their minds to who will win the feature event Sunday’s Easter races at Ellis Thomas Downs.

The races, set to be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 will pit three of the Virgin Islands’ best speedsters – Ethelred, Town Hall and Really Uptown – head to head against each other in the feature 7 furlongs sprint for a purse of $5000.

The team of The Boys stables noted that their horse Ethelred continues to be underrated but trainer and exercise jockey David A. Campbell aka Jamdown said he was confident that his horse will run a good race.

“I have confidence the horse will run a good race. He will run the biggest race of his life,” Campbell stated. He added that he expected Ethelred to pull off a really big upset by the end of the feature race which would be his debut in Tortola.

Ethelred’s previous race in neighbouring St Thomas, USVI resulted in a poor finish that left much disappointment with the camp but the trainer felt strongly that the horse would rebound and prove itself.

Owner of Town Hall, Alex V. Lake has already laid claim to victory and said it was time to hand over the crown after champion horse, Really Uptown had been recuperating for the better part of a year from an unknown injury.

The card features four races for the Easter Clash and fans are expected to come out in their numbers to witness all the excitement on offer. Post time is 2:30PM.

See final official race card below: 
 

25 Responses to “UPDATE: Feature horse race gets $15k increase for purse of $20k”

  • ccc (11/04/2014, 09:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Jamdown go sit down
  • fish (11/04/2014, 09:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I will be there with bells on
  • johnny 2 bad (11/04/2014, 09:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    4 races? Come on! We got to do better than that.
  • predictions (11/04/2014, 09:53) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    "Ethelred" first and "really uptown" dead last.
  • Secretariat Vs Seabuscuit (11/04/2014, 10:19) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    This race... has me thinking of two horses of the past... not hating on Ethelred (prove yourself). When i see Really Uptown run I think on Secretariat and when I see Town Hall run I think on Seabuscuit. (This race is epic..) Two horses with alot of heart and fight is right here in the British Virgin Islands. Big question is who will win? Talk is one needs company to go but was never ask to go to the lead Town Hall (Seabuscuit). Big question is if he goes to the lead and he gets the company he needs what will happen? Next one is just a free spirit leave him run is what they chant which is Uptown ( Secretariat). This horse is a straight arrow out the gate and know what he is there to do. It like he is his own jockey. He does "Not" quit. Will be interesting.
  • Dark Horse (11/04/2014, 10:37) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well as long as Ethelred beats Town Hall, I would be happy. So just keep your mouth shut and do what you have to do. Dont be like that mouth champion gang issuing orders about handing over the crown.
  • Gallop (11/04/2014, 11:17) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Sir I love the trash talk. It going be ruction , UP Town All the Way ..
  • Well Sah (11/04/2014, 15:13) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The radio has on 5 races but the card has 4 races, somebody need their @$$ cut.
  • ta ta (11/04/2014, 17:37) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    One winner l and b stable
  • xxxxxxxx (12/04/2014, 15:32) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    Pure politics by the two of them who needs to go!!!! as the Horse Owners will get played they will not give them the money…this is just a public relations stunt
    • Feeling Sorry (12/04/2014, 21:46) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Whoever you are, you are just a silly old fool blogging because you don't have to have a license to blog. You all can't even appreciate something good without entering in politics into it. If the purse was not increased you might be one of many fools complaining about the small purse. Come next election some of you might commit suicide when the results do not match your expectations or predictions. I am not surprised though because more and more I realize that we have more stupid people among us than might be expected. You are just a veiled blogger afraid to have an identity.
  • Really (12/04/2014, 16:38) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    But no money to pay outstanding bills. No money for music festival. But you find $15 thousand to pay out to one winner for one race? This isn't bringing no set a money in the place. Who this money benefiting? Street man that already rich enough to own horses? At least the fest would bring people and money in the place. I excited about the races but come on.
    • Yes (13/04/2014, 01:18) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Rhodni go sit down boss. You all wanted $300K for music fest. The At Large candidates joined with private enterprise and donated $15K. There is no comparison, Government didn't put this money up so don't get confused.
      • Really (13/04/2014, 16:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Keep calling man name. I hope he turn round an sure you! It's the people money that could have used for something of a greater impact for the country. People can't get paid for jobs they do since last year. But they find money for a dam luxury horse race. Supporting illegal gambling.
    • Hmm (14/04/2014, 09:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      All dat money yesterday is staying in da country all local horses ,u music fest money wont stay here 90% is for outsiders. It was an local event
  • Yes (12/04/2014, 18:19) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Are those checks any good?
  • Outspoken (12/04/2014, 19:24) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Oh wow, good political move putting that kind of money into one race while there are so many hungry people
    • @outspoken (13/04/2014, 09:20) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      They hungry because they want to be hungry...got get jobs. There are plenty to had.
  • we the people (13/04/2014, 07:17) Like (5) Dislike (8) Reply
    Hope the public knows this money is not out of Mark, Myron or Archie's pocket but from their assistant grant which is our tax payers money, OUR MONEY, so in effect they are simply using us for political games
  • the rock (13/04/2014, 08:05) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    horse race is our culture..one of them..in st Croix the government does give 35,000.00 for a race like this!
  • Looking on (13/04/2014, 08:49) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    What's so funny about this horse race purse.... They're willing to put up an additional $15K and they dont want to fund music fest. This event which lasts ONE day VS an entire WEEKEND. Not to mention the amount of tourist and visitors that come that weekend. But they want to spend it on a horse, where the country isn't benefiting as much from it. Smh. This government I tell you..Going to the handful of ppl. To do what with? On top of their side bets..... Is the government for real?
  • .... (13/04/2014, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    You can't compare $300,000 with $15,000 Knuckle Head...
  • Future representative (13/04/2014, 23:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We as a community can always see where our priority is embedded...so materialistic and shallow minded without a vision the ppl perish. Government or not we are one ppl... An added fifteen grand would have ensure water in out fire trucks, added medical support when over more than 1000 ppl visiting the e baths,


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