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UPDATE: Pulling off Easter Races 'wasn’t easy financially'- Lesmore Smith

- VI Horse Owners Association President already looking forward to August Festival Races
Totally Evil (No.3) and Flying to Honor get going in the feature race of the Easter Races at Ellis Thomas Downs, Sea Cows Bay, on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, Mr Lesmore Smith, has put great effort and resources, including his personal finances, towards the development of horse racing in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, Mr Lesmore Smith, has put great effort and resources, including his personal finances, towards the development of horse racing in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil with its entourage in the winning circle following the feature Easter Sunday race at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil with its entourage in the winning circle following the feature Easter Sunday race at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil heading to the finish unchallenged. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil heading to the finish unchallenged. Photo: VINO
St Thomas' horse Thulean was not in the mood for racing and was eventually scratched from the feature race. Photo: VINO
St Thomas' horse Thulean was not in the mood for racing and was eventually scratched from the feature race. Photo: VINO
Runaway horse! Moonlight Bandit managed to escape out of the starting gate before the feature race and made a dash for freedom. Photo: VINO
Runaway horse! Moonlight Bandit managed to escape out of the starting gate before the feature race and made a dash for freedom. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in conversation with persons at the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) in conversation with persons at the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) at the Easter Sunday Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Se Cows Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr. the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) at the Easter Sunday Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Se Cows Bay on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Crypto Hold of The Boys Racing Stable in the winners circle. Photo: VINO
Crypto Hold of The Boys Racing Stable in the winners circle. Photo: VINO
Crypto Hold heading to a convincing win in the Oliver Cills Showdown for Class B Horses. Photo: VINO
Crypto Hold heading to a convincing win in the Oliver Cills Showdown for Class B Horses. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horse racing spectators were also treated to a fashion show by Mr Nice Guy and his models. Photo: VINO
Horses break the gate in the Autley Crabbe Invitational. Photo: VINO
Horses break the gate in the Autley Crabbe Invitational. Photo: VINO
A clean break in the 1 mile race for Mares and Fillies. Photo: VINO
A clean break in the 1 mile race for Mares and Fillies. Photo: VINO
Nadiae's Image of Top Priority Racing Stables in the winners circle following the 1 mile race for Mares and Fillies. Photo: VINO
Nadiae's Image of Top Priority Racing Stables in the winners circle following the 1 mile race for Mares and Fillies. Photo: VINO
Eagerly awaiting the start of the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs, Sea Cows Bay, on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Eagerly awaiting the start of the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs, Sea Cows Bay, on April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes for the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 21, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scenes for the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 21, 2013. Photo: VINO
Horse racing fans had to wait over 20 minutes for the feature race to get started after at least 2 horses refused to get in the gates. Photo: VINO
Horse racing fans had to wait over 20 minutes for the feature race to get started after at least 2 horses refused to get in the gates. Photo: VINO
Scenes for the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 21, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scenes for the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 21, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scenes for the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 21, 2013. Photo: VINO
Scenes for the Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 21, 2013. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands enjoys a handsome lead over Flying to Honor of Antigua on lap one of their battle at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay today, April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands enjoys a handsome lead over Flying to Honor of Antigua on lap one of their battle at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay today, April 21, 2019. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The VI Horse Owners Association's Easter Sunday Horse Races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay drew over a thousand spectators to the 6 race card that saw horses from Antigua participating for the first time. This was hailed a success, considering the sport suffered tremendously since the hurricanes of September 2017.

And it was a sigh of relief for President of the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association, Mr Lesmore Smith, who no doubt has put great effort and resources, including his personal finances, towards the sports’ development.

Speaking to the media following the conclusion of the races, Mr Smith said it wasn’t easy financially and otherwise but he was happy that the event was run off successfully. “I am happy that it happened, I am glad that it happened. It shows that the Caribbean people can still come together and enjoy the sport of horse racing.”

It was also personal success for Mr Smith, a horse owner himself, as his stable-Top Priority Racing Stables- came out with two victories.

Mr Smith added he is looking forward to the August Festival races, which he hopes would see other Caribbean countries bringing their horses to Ellis Thomas Downs.

Feature race drama

Meanwhile, there was much drama before the start of the feature race as both Thulean of St Thomas and Moonlight Bandit of Top Priority Racing Stables had their jockey tumbling in the sand. Thulean was especially uneasy and may have caused Moonlight Bandit to react in the same manner.

Moonlight Bandit was already settled in the starting gate and as Thulean’s handlers struggled to get the horse settled, Moonlight Bandit suddenly fought its way out of the gate and blazed around the track. It was fortunate not to be seriously hurt when it fell on the final bend after hitting the rails on the far end.

Thulean was eventually scratched.

With Moonlight Bandit out of the race and Kelly Tough of Tortola scratched before the race, it killed the race hype that had anticipated a showdown among Antigua, St Thomas and Tortola.

In the end, it was just Totally Evil of St Thomas and Flying to Honor of Antigua duking it out. Totally Evil proved to be too strong for Flying to Honor.

Other results

Race 1

The first race of the day, the Julian Skelton Memorial, sponsored by Skelton Development Ltd for $6550, was won by Uncle Mace out of Top Priority Racing Stables and ridden by David Rosario in a time of 136.

Second was 3 Little Fool out of Phoenix Stables in St Thomas, USVI. Jack Fallon also of the USVI was third.

Race 2

The Bobby Hodge Invitational One Mile for Class C Horses, which had a purse of $7150 and sponsored by VIGL, was taken by Jordan’s Salsa of St Thomas with jockey Elmore M Barnes in 149.2.

Second was My Running Mate of The Brothers Stable in St Thomas. Third was Atrevete of St Croix.

Race 3

The third encounter of the day was a 1 Mile for Mares and Fillies, sponsored by the VI Horse Owners Association for $6,800. Top Priority Racing Stables’ Nadiae’s Image and Jockey David Rosario took victory in 147.3.

Freckle de Freck of The Boys Racing Stables was second on debut while My Song Venezuelan of St Thomas was third.

Race 4

Race 4 was the Autley Crabbe Invitational for Class B Horses for a purse of $9750. This race was won by Gottcha Blessin of St Thomas, with jockey Carlos Marquez, in a time of 148.1.

Second was Giant Valley of Top Priority Racing Stables and third Chovannes (debut) of The Boys Racing Stables.

Race 5

The fifth race of the day, the Oliver Cills Showdown for Class B Horses, was sponsored by the BVI Tourist Board and had a prize of $9750.

Crypto Hold of The Boys Racing Stables completed the mile distance in 147.1, followed by Lunch Break of Top Priority Racing Stables. Third was Flashing Cat of St Thomas.

Horse owner Rodney A. Simmons gave all credit for the win to the trainer Ronnie Hodge aka “Animal”. Mr Simmons also admitted he wasn’t expecting the victory, adding that he didn’t know much about the horse as it was Mr Hodge who had identify the horse for purchase.

Mr Simmons also said The Boys Racing Stables will be seeking to purchase more horses, with the aim to have a horse for every event on race day.

See previous article published April 21, 2019

Totally Evil wins incident filled feature Easter Sunday race

After the start of the race was delayed for more than 20 minutes due to horses refusing to get into the gates, it was just between Totally Evil of St Thomas and Flying to Honor of Antigua.

Totally Evil, as expected, had a flying start and led from start to finish, leaving Flying to Honor in its wake.

The winning time in the race for Class A horses was 148. The winning hockey was Victor Santiago.

It was a bit of a disappointment for Tortola fans as Moonlight Bandit of Top Priority Racing Stables scrambled out of the gates before the start and blazed around the track before taking a tumble on the final bend.

Thulean of St Thomas also refused to settle in the gates for the second attempt and after much confusion the decision was made to scratch the horse.

Kelly Tough of Tortola was scratched before the race.

The winning purse was $20,000. 

More details to follow.

7 Responses to “UPDATE: Pulling off Easter Races 'wasn’t easy financially'- Lesmore Smith”

  • the rock (21/04/2019, 19:06) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Antigua has no chance, stt had the antigua jockey buy out frim the start! Antigus owner will learn,
  • lol (21/04/2019, 19:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dem man had some wild horse dere meh son
  • Horseman (21/04/2019, 19:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Need to train those horses to get in the gates. Too much delay and drama.
  • Fan (21/04/2019, 20:04) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    The big race was the greatest disappointment
  • Yo (22/04/2019, 06:04) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply

    Who is totally evil- cheap horse-$6500.00. Has 2 owners, one from st john the other from st croix. To make up on talent-he is given per****@#ce en***cers on race day which is illegal. Jockey clearly rides with b***ery attached w**p again which is illegal- owners will buy out competitors jockeys -espicially the one that rode for the Antiguans yesterday. Has one of the best trainers in the vi, who i dont believe has a say in the above actions tsken by owners, espicially the half owner who hails from st croix! Totally evil stats- 10 wins O- losses.

  • insider (22/04/2019, 11:00) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    Lesmore complaining about money because he wants to run a one man show
    • the rock (22/04/2019, 12:15) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
      This one man shoe look lije it workong better than all the shows of seen thus far, keep it up lesmore!


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