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UPDATE: Pre-Fathers’ Day feature race a disappointment

- race deemed unofficial due to false start
Two of the horses making their way to the gate for the feature race that would later be deemed unofficial due to a false start. Photo: VINO
Disappointed fans after the 'unofficial' feature race. Photo: VINO
Disappointed fans after the 'unofficial' feature race. Photo: VINO
The final race, which for the fans became the feature race of the day, was won by Jordan’s Image of St Thomas and owned by Michael Smith of Point Alliance Stables. This race was sponsored by JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP). Photo: VINO
The final race, which for the fans became the feature race of the day, was won by Jordan’s Image of St Thomas and owned by Michael Smith of Point Alliance Stables. This race was sponsored by JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP). Photo: VINO
One of the horses in the final race which has now become the feature race for fans. That race has been sponsored by JoAnn 'Roxie' Romney and the Virgin Islands Party. Photo: VINO
One of the horses in the final race which has now become the feature race for fans. That race has been sponsored by JoAnn 'Roxie' Romney and the Virgin Islands Party. Photo: VINO
Anticipated as one of the most riveting meets at Ellis Thomas Downs, the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association this morning, May 31, 2015 put together the final piece to ensure a smooth execution of the event- the preparation of the track. Photo: Team of Reporters
Anticipated as one of the most riveting meets at Ellis Thomas Downs, the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association this morning, May 31, 2015 put together the final piece to ensure a smooth execution of the event- the preparation of the track. Photo: Team of Reporters
Horses from the VI and USVI are set for a showdown come Sunday May 31, 2015 at Ellis Thomas Downs as the latter are seeking to reclaim the glory stolen by Tortola last time out in St Thomas. Photo: VINO/File
Horses from the VI and USVI are set for a showdown come Sunday May 31, 2015 at Ellis Thomas Downs as the latter are seeking to reclaim the glory stolen by Tortola last time out in St Thomas. Photo: VINO/File
President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Karen B. Smith-Aaron told this news site that the preparations for the race are being finalised and there is excitement in the air. She said that this is one of the most riveting meets in the history of horse racing at Ellis Thomas Downs with such a large contingent of horses from St Thomas and St Croix. Photo: VINO/File
President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Karen B. Smith-Aaron told this news site that the preparations for the race are being finalised and there is excitement in the air. She said that this is one of the most riveting meets in the history of horse racing at Ellis Thomas Downs with such a large contingent of horses from St Thomas and St Croix. Photo: VINO/File
Chilean Boy. Photo: VINO/File
Chilean Boy. Photo: VINO/File
Apollo Sky. Photo: VINO/File
Apollo Sky. Photo: VINO/File
Lesmore Smith, speaking to this news site said that he expects a one two finish from his two horses Chilean Boy and Exploring in the feature race. He said that given the condition of the horses right now he expects nothing less. Photo: VINO/File
Lesmore Smith, speaking to this news site said that he expects a one two finish from his two horses Chilean Boy and Exploring in the feature race. He said that given the condition of the horses right now he expects nothing less. Photo: VINO/File
Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Esther N. Fraser said that the preparations are going really well for the race. Photo: Provided
Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Esther N. Fraser said that the preparations are going really well for the race. Photo: Provided
Speaking to this news site, Enos Z. Aaron of The Boys’ Racing Stables said that the preparation for their two horses – Apollo Sky and Yes By Eric –was fairly easy going into this race. Photo: VINO/File
Speaking to this news site, Enos Z. Aaron of The Boys’ Racing Stables said that the preparation for their two horses – Apollo Sky and Yes By Eric –was fairly easy going into this race. Photo: VINO/File
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - The National Democratic Party-sponsored feature race of the Pre-Father’s Day meet today, May 31, 2015 turned out to be a huge disappointment as it was deemed unofficial due to a false start.

One of the horses apparently broke the gate prematurely with three other horses in pursuit, and Uptown Anthem of St Croix still in the gate.

The four jockeys failed to bring their horses to a stop despite the red flag remaining up and completed the distance.

There was much disappointment among fans and horse owners alike, who spoke of the need to have a new gate to prevent future occurrences.

The NDP 'A Team' race for A Class horses was supposed to be run over 7 furlongs for a purse of $8000.

It is not clear what will be done with the prize money.

Other results

Meanwhile, the first clash of the day, a 5 furlongs race for Class E horses, was won by Power Ten of Zion Stables, followed by LB Thunder of L&B Racing Stables while He'snopussycat of St Thomas was third.

Race 2, contested over six and a half furlongs by Class E horses for a purse of $4000, was won by Mark it a Win in 125.1 seconds, while Meddling Birdie was second and Trust Me third.

Race three was taken by Buy Buy Buy while the fourth race of the day was won by Pumped Up Kicks of St Thomas.

Race 5, a three-horse race for C and D Mares and Fillies over 7 furlongs for a purse of $5000, was comfortably won by Bitter Sweet Dream of L&B Racing Stables.

The final race, which for the fans became the feature race of the day, was won by Jordan’s Image of St Thomas and owned by Michael Smith of Point Alliance Stables. This race was sponsored by JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney and the Virgin Islands Party (VIP).

See previous story published on May 31, 2015:

UPDATE: Final stage set for big meet @ Ellis Thomas Downs today

- organisers looking for sharp 12:30pm start today, May 31, 2015

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI – Anticipated as one of the most riveting meets at Ellis Thomas Downs, the Virgin Islands Horse Owners' Association this morning, May 31, 2015 put together the final piece to ensure a smooth execution of the event- the preparation of the track.

A number of horses from St Croix and St Thomas, United States Virgin Islands are here to offer intense competition to local horses in what is touted as a revival of inter-island horse racing.

With horse racing fans always looking for keen competition from the USVI, a large crowd is expected to grace Ellis Thomas Downs today, not forgetting the many politicians who will be sure to make themselves obvious with general election just over a week away.

Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Esther N. Fraser told Virgin Islands News Online this morning that the final touches to the track were being done and that race time is expected to be 12:30pm sharp.

She said the horses from off island have arrived and fans of the 'sport of kings' can expect an exciting day of races.

The feature clash on the 7-race card is for a purse of $7,500 sponsored by the National Democratic Party and features Break Up The Game; Exploring, making its debut at Ellis Thomas Downs; Apollo Sky, owned by the Boys’ Racing Stables; Chilean Boy, owned by Top Priority Stables; and Giant Valley and Uptown Anthem from St Croix.

See previous story posted May 28, 2015

‘I’m looking for a 1–2 finish’ @ Sunday's races– Lesmore Smith

- hopes Exploring & Chilean Boy bring it home first & second in feature race @ Ellis Thomas Downs on Sunday May 31, 2015

Horses from the Virgin Islands (VI) and United States Virgin Islands (USVI) are set for a showdown come Sunday May 31, 2015 at Ellis Thomas Downs as the latter are seeking to reclaim the glory stolen by the VI last time out in St Thomas, USVI.

Race six is the feature race for a purse of $7,500 sponsored by the National Democratic Party and features Break Up The Game; Exploring, making its debut at Ellis Thomas Downs; Apollo Sky, owned by the Boys’ Racing Stables; Chilean Boy, owned by Top Priority Stables; and Giant Valley and Uptown Anthem from St Croix.

Following that will be Race seven, sponsored by JoAnn ‘Roxie’ Romney and the Virgin Islands Party with a purse of $6,500.

This race features Starship Titan, Fort Pyramaid, Prince of Speed, Jordan’s Image, How’s A Wynner (debut) and Luxury Appeal.

The first race of the day features two horses making their debut- LB Thunder and He’s Nopussycat- and Power Ten.

Race two will feature Mark It A Wynn, Meddling Birdie, Peacephilly, Rough N Royal, Trust M and Orithyia.

Race three will see Buy Buy Buy coming up against Coupon, D’ Pretender, Flying Aptitude, Baby Champ all making their debut, and Funny Accommodation.

Race four will feature Yes By Eric, Kiton, Little Bart and Bar Magic making their debut, Unguided Missile and Pumped Up Kicks (debut).

Race five will be between Swiggle (debut), Southern Dunn and Bittersweet Dream.

Smith hoping for 1-2 finish

Lesmore Smith, speaking to this news site, said he expects a one two finish from his two horses Chilean Boy and Exploring in the feature race, adding that given the condition of the horses right now he expects nothing less.

“The horses are ready to go…we are just waiting on Sunday to come and see how it turns out,” he said. “I have Chilean Boy and Exploring in the big race for the day and Kiton is in a different race. They are all prepared and ready to go."

Asked which one of them in the feature race will bring it home, he said he is looking for a one two finish between the two horses. “I am looking for a one two…that’s what I am looking for,” said Smith.

Speaking to this news site, Enos Z. Aaron of The Boys’ Racing Stables said preparation for their two horses – Apollo Sky and Yes By Eric –was fairly easy going into this race.

“We are just coming off a race in St Thomas where the two of them ran real great. Apollo Sky won his race and Yes By Eric ran a very close second to Kiton owned by Lesmore Smith. They are both going to be in the same race this time around,” he said.

Aaron said Apollo Sky is ready and feeling good. “It will be a challenge for Apollo Sky but I am looking to be victorious again."

St Croix horses on Tortola

Public Relations Officer of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Esther N. Fraser said preparations are going really well for the race.

“The horses from St Croix have already arrived and some of them are en route and we expect the St Thomas horses to be in by Friday. We are looking forward to very good races and lots of competition,” she said.

According to her, St Thomas would be eager to get back some of their bragging rights considering what Tortola did to them the last time in St Thomas when Doughmaker returned the Governor’s Cup to Tortola on May 1, 2015.

She said too that there will be a political race as the two largest races are sponsored by the National Democratic Party and the Virgin Islands Party.

“There will be a political race in advance of the June 8 elections,” she said. “We are grateful that both parties found it profitable and gainful to go ahead and support the Horse Owners’ Association. We wish them well coming up. It is definitely a positive sign that no matter what party wins, horse racing will be at the forefront of sporting events of the BVI,” she said.

This is bigger than Triple Crown

President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners’ Association Karen B. Smith-Aaron told this news site that the preparations for the race are being finalised and there is excitement in the air. She said this is one of the most riveting meets in the history of horse racing at Ellis Thomas Downs with such a large contingent of horses from St Thomas and St Croix.

“Five of the St Croix horses arrived last night. We have a third team who would be coming down Friday morning of which three are St Croix horses,” she said. She added that a total of seven horses from St Croix and ten from St Thomas will be here for the race.

“We hope that the [fans from the USVI] come to support the races. This is one of the bigger races that we have had for the year, even bigger than the Triple Crown,” she said.

She expressed her thanks to two horse owners, Lesmore Smith and Kyle Abraham for making accommodation available for the many horses by moving their own horses into single stables so as to get an additional three quarantine stables that were required.

proposed horse racing card

27 Responses to “UPDATE: Pre-Fathers’ Day feature race a disappointment”

  • .......... (28/05/2015, 09:14) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Nice i could get a politian to blow the house
  • Worker (28/05/2015, 15:22) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply

    can all those c***ks kindly pay who work on the track from the last race day please thank you

  • long look (28/05/2015, 16:37) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where was ndp and VIP was all the time I hope they continue this
  • rattie (28/05/2015, 17:43) Like (13) Dislike (7) Reply
    NDP and we tax dollars
  • farmer brown (28/05/2015, 18:32) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Not going i do not want to see any silly politians
  • cay (31/05/2015, 18:06) Like (19) Dislike (21) Reply
    Anything the ndp name is on us a failure
  • VG Realist (31/05/2015, 18:58) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is this a sign of things to come? Oh lord!
  • In dispute (31/05/2015, 19:06) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
    Well this is things to tell the king. Just like that race today that was sponsored by NDP was a false start, just so on the night if 8th June 2015, it will be a false start for the NDP. Their days are numbered. Vote them out with a vengeance
  • 6,000 votes (31/05/2015, 19:22) Like (1) Dislike (12) Reply
    Six thousands votes have been ignored in this campain and up-coming election--enough to make any at-large candidate a winner.-" fight courageously for oppressed people and oppressed people will fight your war for you"---Greenland Cricket field is where the fun and action at on Sunday Afternoons--6,000. 00 votes--I dear you!
  • little (31/05/2015, 20:21) Like (19) Dislike (18) Reply
    NDP is fighting dirty because they want the two strongest opposition out so the people don't find aboutthe money that is missing and the nasty thing that are planning for the civil servants. If you know what I know you all better don't put them back in please vote VIP ALL THE WAY. The VIP government is care about the people NDP is only putting on a show that making people believe that they care people please don't study the noise and the batting of the old government. They might had make couple mistake but everybody was eating and drinking comfortable. NOT THE RICH WAS ONLY EATING STEAK THE POOR WAS EATING STEAK TOO.
  • pat (31/05/2015, 20:41) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    Just like how the NDP will be on Election Day: Disappointed
  • chad (31/05/2015, 21:02) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    NDP sponsor a race that nobody wins. This is a foreshadowing of what will happen if NDP is elected. Nobody win, everybody disappointed.
  • Madness (31/05/2015, 21:03) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    What is the horse racing association doing with the money they collecting? The government is not responsible for the gate that is the responsibility of the horse racing association. People you need to stop the nonsense.
  • joe joe (01/06/2015, 00:13) Like (10) Dislike (6) Reply
    Horse race is dead we need the vip back in power the ndp has killed everything!
  • buy buy (01/06/2015, 01:15) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    One man against the world ,st Thomas ,st Croix take that,the JJ,s farm big up up,
  • wize up (01/06/2015, 06:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    my question will continue to be; why we have to speak so bad about each other:
  • horse man (01/06/2015, 07:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I want to say BIG congrats to the trainer and owner of Buy buy buy for a beautiful race and he looks beautiful and well condition good Job keep pushing excited for you Guys
  • ting to talk (01/06/2015, 07:57) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    My question is who will by the gate? It cannot be the government. They don't have any business buying a gate for the horse track. Let the people who collecting the money on the track buy the gate. The government should not be using taxpayers money on the horsetrack.
  • Hmm (01/06/2015, 08:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell you what give each horse that ran $1,700.00 and the horse that didn't $1,200.00 of the money.
  • jokers (01/06/2015, 08:17) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    WHEN WE GO TO THE POLLS JUNE 7TH-8TH WE WILL VOTE VIPPPPP ALLLLLLL THE WAY. WE WILL VOTE WITH A VENGEANCE. THE PAPER AND ALL WILL CATCH ON FIRE.THEN WE WILL HAVE OUR PEOPLE BACK
  • Hmm (01/06/2015, 08:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am disappointed. Every race day the same thing with this gate. This gate from old track its a training gate. All the money collected from these races over the years you mean to tell me we cant get the right gate yet. That should of been a priority. I felt bad for the horse owners, and what about us who paid the ridiculous price of $15. That committee to greedy and seems as though they for themselves.
  • race pundit (01/06/2015, 11:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    If the race was unofficial then the money cannot be given to anyone. It is suppose to be kept in the Horseman Association Account for another race day. Karen don't give back the money u keep it for a next race day. Look how the other race went it went well. GOD was just giving us a hint as to how we suppose to vote. VIP ALL THE WAY and we will forgive all them ungrateful ppl who want to vote NDP. Their money aint good u see watch how the race went.
  • milly (01/06/2015, 11:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    the first gate mrs L... HAD HELP GET THAT ONE. AND NOW THE PERSON WHO WILL GET A NEW NICE GATE YOU ALL DONT WANT THEM . EVERY RACE WHEN THE BATTERY AINT DEAD THE GATE STICKING. IF I WAS WHAT HIS NAME I WOULD OF WANT THE BIG PRIZE MONEY FOR STICKING IN THE GATE.
  • lebron james (01/06/2015, 12:49) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Victor lebron ,buy buy buy big up big jockey ,also bitter sweet dream , them large


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