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UPDATE: Thulean returns to winning ways; Barrabas Key is the name!

- Thulean edges Totally Evil in thrilling finish in feature race, Barrabas Key destroys the race favourates @ Ellis Thomas Downs on Nov 17, 2019
Thulean, left, squeezes past Totally Evil, 2nd from left, to the finish line in the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on Sunday, November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil enjoying a lead over the competition on the back stretch in the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil enjoying a lead over the competition on the back stretch in the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Barrabas Key blazing to victory in the penultimate race of the meet at Ellis Thomas Downs on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Barrabas Key blazing to victory in the penultimate race of the meet at Ellis Thomas Downs on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Class D horses battling over 7 furlongs for a purse of $9000.00. Barrabas Key won in a blistering 129 flat. Photo: VINO
Class D horses battling over 7 furlongs for a purse of $9000.00. Barrabas Key won in a blistering 129 flat. Photo: VINO
Holy Giacomo takes the win over Special Counsel in the race for Mares and Fillies for a purse of $8000. Photo: VINO
Holy Giacomo takes the win over Special Counsel in the race for Mares and Fillies for a purse of $8000. Photo: VINO
Holy Giacomo enjoying a slim lead on the competition on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Holy Giacomo enjoying a slim lead on the competition on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Puttinonashow of Watlington Stables was unmatched in the race for Class B horses that had not won in their last 3 starts. The winning time was 130.3. Photo: VINO
Puttinonashow of Watlington Stables was unmatched in the race for Class B horses that had not won in their last 3 starts. The winning time was 130.3. Photo: VINO
Puttinonashow leads in Race 3 for Class B horses. Photo: VINO
Puttinonashow leads in Race 3 for Class B horses. Photo: VINO
Faster N Blazes takes the win in Race 2 for Class C&D Mares and Fillies on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Faster N Blazes takes the win in Race 2 for Class C&D Mares and Fillies on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Faster N Blazes of Watlington Stables from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Faster N Blazes of Watlington Stables from St Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Patrons of the horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Barrabas Key of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in the winner's circle after staging an upset in the penultimate race of the day. Photo: VINO
Barrabas Key of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, in the winner's circle after staging an upset in the penultimate race of the day. Photo: VINO
Holy Giacomo of Thomasville Racing Stables won Race 4 for Mares and Fillies. Photo: VINO
Holy Giacomo of Thomasville Racing Stables won Race 4 for Mares and Fillies. Photo: VINO
A jubilant Thulean team after winning the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
A jubilant Thulean team after winning the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs on November 17, 2019. Photo: VINO
Thulean with jockey Angel Moreno. Photo: VINO
Thulean with jockey Angel Moreno. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The loyal horse racing fans at the Virgin Islands Horse Owners Association’s races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, on Sunday, November 17, 2019 were treated to a day of exciting encounters, including in the feature race that went down to the wire between rivals Totally Evil and Thulean of St Thomas (STT), US Virgin Islands.

Thulean, who had back to back wins under his belt against Totally Evil, was coming off a loss to Salsa Jack at the Clinton E. Romney aka ‘The Bouncer’ Memorial Horse Race Meet at Ellis Thomas Downs on Sunday, September 8, 2019.

Thrilling finish

When the gate broke, Thulean had the better start but seconds later Totally Evil moved to the front and enjoyed a lead of one length over Courage and Honour of top Priority Racing Stables going into the first bend.

Entering the backstretch for the final time; however, Totally Evil improved the lead to a length and a half over Thulean and Salsa Jack who were going neck and neck while Courage and Honour looked out of steam some five lengths behind.

At the top of the final turn it was still Totally Evil in the lead but Thulean, with jockey Angel Moreno, began to make a move on the outside as Salsa Jack dropped to third with Courage and Honour closing the gap.

With the crowd going wild with excitement, it soon became a battle between Thulean and Totally Evil to the finish, with Thulean just managing to get first to the finish by a head.

The winning time was 129.1.

Third was Salsa Jack of Thomasville Racing Stables closely followed by Courage and Honour.

Owner of Thulean, Mr Arturo Watlington later said the race was run according to plan.

“I thought we were going to come off the pace. We put blinkers on the horse so he could get in the race early and he did that. We closed the gap and we won.”

Mr Watlington also signaled his competition early that Thulean would return for the Boxing Day Races at Ellis Thomas Downs.

Barrabas Key springs a major upset

Meanwhile, in the penultimate race of the day, which was for Class B horses, all eyes were on Chovanes of The Boys Racing Stables and One Way to Fame of Mission House Racing Stables.

Barrabas Key of Brother's Stable and jockey Carlos Marquez; however, had different plans as they destroyed the competition over 7 furlongs in a blistering time of 129 flat to pocket the $9000 winning purse.

Owner of Barrabas Key, Mr Luis Donastorg said there was no particular game plan and that he had much confidence in the jockey to bring out the best in his horse.

Other results

The opening race of the day was won by debut horse, Wise Warrior of Watlington Stables out of St Thomas in 131.4. The winning jockey was Angel Moreno.

Second was God’s Greatness also of St Thomas, third was Uncle Mace of Top Priority Racing Stables, fourth Reignomeda (debut) of St Thomas and 5th Lil Foot also of St Thomas.

Race 2 again went St Thomas’ way as Faster N Blazes, owned by Arturo Watlington, romped home in a time of 132.1.

That race was for Class C&D Mares and Fillies.

Second was Freckle de Freck of The Boys Racing Stables followed by My Song Venezuelan (STT) while fourth was Nadiae’s Image of Top Priority Racing Stables.

No Luck (STT) lived up to its name by bringing up the rear.

Race 3, which was for Class B horses for a purse of $7000, Puttingonashow did just that in taking first in a time of 130.3. The winning jockey was Carlos Marquez.

Bit Growth (STT) had to settle for second while third was My Running Mate (STT).

Formal Talent (STT) was fourth and WW Handsome (on debut) of Top Priority Racing Stables fifth.

Race 4, which was for Mares and Fillies, saw Holy Giacomo of Thomasville Racing Stables taking the win in 130.2.

Second was Special Counsel of The Boys Racing Stables and third Mariealena of Top Priority Racing Stables. Neverenuff D’Oro (STT) was slow out of the gate and was unable to close the gap.

Successful day for STT horses

Of the six races run, five of them were won by horses from St Thomas.

Arturo Watlington and Watlington Stables took 4 wins and 1 second place finish.

See previous article published November 17, 2019

Thulean bests Totally Evil & Salsa Jack in thrilling finish

The feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, moments ago, Sunday, November 17, 2019 produced a thriller, with Thulean out-kicking race leader Totally Evil to the finish.

The race For Class A and B horses, the feature encounter of the VI Horse Owners Association’s 6-race card, was contested over 7 furlongs for a top purse of $12,000.

Totally Evil, returning to competition after a short break, went to the front from the get go; however, Thulean caught up before the final bend and then out-kicked Totally Evil on the homestretch.

Thulean, ridden by Angel Moreno, won in 129.1.

Salsa Jack was third and Courage and Honour fourth.

Upset win for Barrabas Key

Meanwhile, in the penultimate race of the day, Barrabas Key upset race favourites Chovanes and One Way to Fame to the $9000 purse.

Barrabas Key, ridden by Carlos Marquez, completed the 7 furlongs in 129 flat.

More details to follow.

5 Responses to “UPDATE: Thulean returns to winning ways; Barrabas Key is the name!”

  • Dawg (17/11/2019, 20:03) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Nuff man cry like babies today
  • speedy (17/11/2019, 20:06) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Good day at the races
  • ABC (18/11/2019, 07:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    The crowd was small but it was exciting
  • Next race (18/11/2019, 08:36) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boxing day will be the bomp, best races to come, it will be off the chain, mass boxing day cause I know for sure it will have different horse and people in the circle boxing day! Congrats to all the winners yesterday
  • Bull Dawg (18/11/2019, 13:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Great races indeed.
    I enjoyed it.


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