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UPDATE: Totally Evil is ‘too fast’

- said Totally Evil of St Thomas is now eyeing the Governor’s Cup
Totally Evil blazing to victory in the feature race at Ellis Thomas Downs on April 2, 2017. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Owner of Totally Evil, Stanley Smith (2nd from right) and other members of the team are interviewed after their win. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Owner of Totally Evil, Stanley Smith (2nd from right) and other members of the team are interviewed after their win. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Totally Evil of St Thomas in the winners circle at Ellis Thomas Downs today, April 2, 2017. Photo: VINO
Totally Evil of St Thomas in the winners circle at Ellis Thomas Downs today, April 2, 2017. Photo: VINO
Reigning Governor’s Cup Champion Giant Valley of Top Priority Racing Stables comes from behind to win 7 furlong race for Class C and B Horses. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Reigning Governor’s Cup Champion Giant Valley of Top Priority Racing Stables comes from behind to win 7 furlong race for Class C and B Horses. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Giant Valley and contingent in the winner's circle. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Giant Valley and contingent in the winner's circle. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
A small crowd witnessed some exciting races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on April 2, 2017. Photo: VINO
A small crowd witnessed some exciting races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay on April 2, 2017. Photo: VINO
Meddling Birdie of Mission House Stables won the purse of $3500 in the 7 furlongs for Class D Horses. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Meddling Birdie of Mission House Stables won the purse of $3500 in the 7 furlongs for Class D Horses. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
In the 7 furlong race for Class C Horses and a purse of $3500, D Q Rester of Alliance Point Stables came out first on debut. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
In the 7 furlong race for Class C Horses and a purse of $3500, D Q Rester of Alliance Point Stables came out first on debut. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
D Q Rester of Alliance Point Stables in the winner's circle. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
D Q Rester of Alliance Point Stables in the winner's circle. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Going up the ranks to an additional $500 to the purse, in the 7 furlongs for fillies and mares, Top Class Citizen of Thomasville Stables won the purse of $4000. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Going up the ranks to an additional $500 to the purse, in the 7 furlongs for fillies and mares, Top Class Citizen of Thomasville Stables won the purse of $4000. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Top Class Citizen of Thomasville Stables is now looking forward to the Governor’s Cup. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
Top Class Citizen of Thomasville Stables is now looking forward to the Governor’s Cup. Photo: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/VINO
It wasn't a sold out crowd at Ellis Thomas Downs but the races were enthralling. Photo: VINO
It wasn't a sold out crowd at Ellis Thomas Downs but the races were enthralling. Photo: VINO
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Action was as usual at an all-time high when pounding hooves and cheering patrons met at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, on the main island of Tortola, to see who would rise to bragging rights and who would fall and work harder, be it in tactic or speed.

Totally Evil, owned by Alliance Point Stables of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI), swept the biggest purse of $8000, followed by Giant Valley of Top Priority Racing Stables, who the $5000 purse.

Totally Evil too fast

In the final and feature race, 7 furlongs for Class A Horses with a purse of $8000, Totally Evil dashed out of the gate and never looked back as the jockey seemed to have got the tactics right. Park Ranger began to make inroads into Totally Evil’s lead in the closing stages but the horse from St Thomas was able to make it home by nearly two lengths.

In second place was Park Ranger of Thomasville Stables, followed by American Creed of Top Priority Racing Stables. Honors from Family Affairs Stable came in the fourth spot, while the other horse slated to compete-I’m Sensational from St Thomas of No Limit Stables- was scratched.

Honors appeared to have suffered an injury as he limped home.

Jockey Victor Santiago for Totally Evil said the race was a preparation for the upcoming major race in St Thomas, The Governor’s Cup, and expects a similar fate.

“He’s got natural speed. I don’t think nobody can keep up with him from the gate. He is too fast,” Santiago remarked.

Meanwhile, the owner Stanley Smith said it was an expected outcome.

“We expected him to do well, he has been running extremely well, so to be honest we really expected him to win.”

‘Nice’ win for Giant Valley

Despite being the last in the pack in the early stages, reigning Governor’s Cup Champion Giant Valley of Top Priority Racing Stables reigned supreme, coming out on top in the 7 furlongs for Class C and B Horses, and winning a purse of $5,000.

“It feels nice, I am used to big purses, I’m used to losing big purses also, but today was a nice day. We appreciate it,” owner Lesmore Smith said.

Mr Smith admitted that he was worried when he saw that his horse was the last in the pack; however, “at the end of the day, I know the horse’s ability, I know he has good training, he has a good pedigree, he should come out hard and that’s what he did. It worked out well.”

He pledged to defend and deliver on April 27, 2017 at the Governor’s Cup in St Thomas.

Meantime, Winston S. Hurst Jr- the Jockey- said it was his first win with the horse and despite wanting to be in the lead from the get-go, they were the last.

“But I didn’t get the lead, so I just relaxed, and I made my move and just gained on them.”

Dablock from Thomasville Stables came out second, while Call Daddy of Alliance Point Stables did not finish the race.

Top Class Citizen sweeps $4000 purse

Going up the ranks to an additional $500 to the purse, in the 7 furlongs for fillies and mares Top Class Citizen of Thomasville Stables won the purse of $4000.

One of the owners of Top Class Citizen, Lenford “Bolo” Baptiste, said the horse came out second in its last race in St Thomas, and winning this race was important to them.

“She came back today and win, but this is what was important because we getting her ready in three weeks’ time to go back to St Thomas to qualify for the big races for the carnival. So today was very important for us. She came off to win.”

The four-year-old horse’s owners are predicting another win in St Thomas.

“She is ready, today she was fit, she did it hands down.”

Red Beard AKA Rags to Riches of Notorious Housing came second while the third horse, Moving Part from St Thomas owned by Andrew Attwood, was scratched.

D Q Rester takes $ 3500 purse

In the 7 furlong race for Class C Horses and a purse of $3500, debut horse D Q Rester of Alliance Point Stables came out first, followed by Sandler from Strictly business Stables and D. Big Gossip (debut) owned by Dion Stevens came third.

Irish Smarty, owned by Black Label Stables, was scratched.

Meddling Birdie the top Class D horse

Also going for a purse of $3500 in the 7 furlongs for Class D Horses, Meddling Birdie owned by Mission House Stables won that race followed by Big Meow of Notorious Housing.

Sparky Bee from St Thomas, owned by No Limit Stables, was scratched.

See previous article published April 2, 2017

Totally Evil prances away with feature race spoils

Bragging rights and the top prize of $8000 have gone the way of St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) as Totally Evil galloped to victory in the feature and final battle of the 5-race card at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola, today, April 2, 2017.

Totally Evil of Alliance Point Stables was the only horse from St Thomas in the 7 Furlong affair for Class A horses after I’M Sensational was scratched.

Second was Park Ranger of Thomasville Stables, third American Creed of Top Priority Racing Stables and fourth Honors of Family Affairs Stable.

More details to follow.

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