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UPDATE: No horse races for Oct. 6; new date not set

Horse races have been postponed once more for Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: VINO/File
Horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO/File
Horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO/File
The President of the VI Horse Owners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron, has advised there will be no races at Ellis Thomas Downs for this coming Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
The President of the VI Horse Owners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron, has advised there will be no races at Ellis Thomas Downs for this coming Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Fans look on during the August Tuesday races held at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO/File
Fans look on during the August Tuesday races held at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: VINO/File
Scenes from the Premier's Cup held earlier this year at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: John F. Black
Scenes from the Premier's Cup held earlier this year at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: John F. Black
Scenes from the Premier's Cup held earlier this year at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: John F. Black
Scenes from the Premier's Cup held earlier this year at Ellis Thomas Downs. Photo: John F. Black
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – The President of the VI Horse Owners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron, has advised there will be no races at Ellis Thomas Downs for this coming Sunday, October 6, 2013.

She related to Virgin Islands News Online that the unavoidable postponement of the first leg of the St Thomas Labour Day races [pushed forward to September 15, 2013] had negatively impacted scheduled races for September 29, 2013 on Tortola and an attempt to reschedule the races for this weekend has so far been unsuccessful.

“As we are currently dependent on visiting horses, we are currently reviewing the remaining racing calendars to determine if it will be possible for us to host a race prior to the next scheduled race day on Boxing Day,” Mrs Smith-Aaron told Virgin Islands News Online.

Stephen Got Better won the feature mare race of the Triple Tiara Crown's first leg for the Labour Day races while Tortola’s Leave It To Bern set a new track record of 1:43s over one mile and 40 yards while emerging as winner in the fifth race of the day.

No tentative dates have been set aside since for the staging of races at Ellis Thomas Downs.

See previous story posted September 23, 2013:

Downs races postponed to Sunday, Oct. 6

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Virgin Islands News Online has been reliably informed that the horse races initially scheduled for next Sunday, September 29, 2013 at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay have been postponed.

The races have now been rescheduled to Sunday, October 6, 2013 for the same venue, according to the source close to the VI Horse Owners Association.

It is understood that the races have been rescheduled because of the postponement of races held in St Thomas recently for the first leg of the Triple Tiara Crown and the closeness in time to the original date that was first set for races at the Downs.

Stephen Got Better won the feature mare race of the Triple Tiara Crown first leg on September 15, 2013 while Tortola’s Leave It To Bern set a new track record of 1:43s over the one mile and 40 yards while emerging as winner in the fifth race of the day

Efforts to contact President of the VI Horse Owners’ Association, Mrs Karen Smith-Aaron for a comment proved unsuccessful up to post time.

17 Responses to “UPDATE: No horse races for Oct. 6; new date not set”

  • x factor (23/09/2013, 15:28) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    struppsss they always spoiling ppl plan s
  • johnny (23/09/2013, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    hope the st. thomas horses does not bluff we again
  • facts (23/09/2013, 22:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You need to shut up cause if St .Thomas horses aint cum up here there wont be no races......
  • truth be told (30/09/2013, 15:03) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    everything is just going down in tola
  • the rock (30/09/2013, 17:13) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    the horsemen had no call changing aruba and his team..now look..nothing..absolutely nothing!
    • who know (01/10/2013, 05:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      It doesn't matter who is in charge of horse racing. If we don't have any horses there is no horse race!
    • watching (01/10/2013, 05:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Aruba and his team have horses? Yo hear tis horse we need not man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • jus askin (30/09/2013, 18:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What ever became of the money government gave to buy horses? It was not a lot of money but it probably could have bought at least 2 or 3 horses that should have been available to help put on a card by now.

    Who can tell us?
  • vip (30/09/2013, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP killed horseracing.
  • the people say (30/09/2013, 23:54) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    this commitee is just not ready for primetime...we need arbua back
  • only now (01/10/2013, 05:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    The only person who can answer the question about the buying of horses is the president. Because the only one who benefit from it was The Boys. I don't see how it can change when only one set reaping the sweets.

  • watching (01/10/2013, 05:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thing to talk!!
  • .... (02/10/2013, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy it looks like Johnny was right. Turn that biatch into a Cricket Stadium. We are having races on average of 3 times a year. Poor.


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