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UPDATE: VI’s Doughmaker tames St Moose!

-comes home ahead of St Moose & Swagg Daddy in feature race at Clinton E. Phipps Race Track
Doughmaker (left) digs deep down the homestretch to beat St Moose (right) at the March 1, 2015 feature race at Clinton E. Phipps Race Track in St Thomas, USVI. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
St Moose, owned by James Bates of St Croix, had to settle for second. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
St Moose, owned by James Bates of St Croix, had to settle for second. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Swagg Daddy brought up the rear in the feature challenge at Clinton E. Phipps Race Track in St Thomas on Sunday March 1, 2015. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Swagg Daddy brought up the rear in the feature challenge at Clinton E. Phipps Race Track in St Thomas on Sunday March 1, 2015. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The fourth race was also won by a Tortola-based horse, Prince of Speed, with Trust Me second and Funny Accommodation third. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The fourth race was also won by a Tortola-based horse, Prince of Speed, with Trust Me second and Funny Accommodation third. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The fifth race of the day was won by Giant Valley, second was Suspicious and third Philly Thunder. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
The fifth race of the day was won by Giant Valley, second was Suspicious and third Philly Thunder. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race six saw victory for Uptown Anthem, ahead of Trading Secret and Break Up the Game. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race six saw victory for Uptown Anthem, ahead of Trading Secret and Break Up the Game. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race seven went to Stephen Got Better from Scripture and Verse and Cupid’s Messenger. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race seven went to Stephen Got Better from Scripture and Verse and Cupid’s Messenger. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race nine was a triumph for Passe Havae ahead of Unguided Missile and Increase My Income. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Race nine was a triumph for Passe Havae ahead of Unguided Missile and Increase My Income. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Alex V. Lake and his team from Family Affair Stables pose with Trading Secrets. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Alex V. Lake and his team from Family Affair Stables pose with Trading Secrets. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Three beautiful Virgin Islands ladies who were present at the races. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Three beautiful Virgin Islands ladies who were present at the races. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Doughmaker being led to the starting line from the quarantine area prior to the race. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Doughmaker being led to the starting line from the quarantine area prior to the race. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
A jubilant owner of Doughmaker, Violet 'Letty' Hodge, after the race. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
A jubilant owner of Doughmaker, Violet 'Letty' Hodge, after the race. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson/VINO
Tortola’s Doughmaker of the L&B Stables is already stepping up as a champion horse following the unfortunate demise of Really Uptown. Photo: VINO/File
Tortola’s Doughmaker of the L&B Stables is already stepping up as a champion horse following the unfortunate demise of Really Uptown. Photo: VINO/File
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI – There was a moose on the loose but Doughmaker was there for the taming as the Tortola horse ensured the big showdown at the Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St Thomas on Sunday March 1, 2015, went the way of L and B stables. Doughmaker beat St Moose in a time of 1.39.

St Moose of course had won the first leg of the VI Triple Crown and there was much anticipation built up in the large crowd as the two horses took to the starting gate.

St Moose led first time around but down the back straight, around the final curve and bursting for home, Doughmaker had the faster finish to win by a length with Swagg Daddy third.

The exciting win sent the VI fans in a frenzy, although nothing like when Really Uptown won the inaugural VI Triple Crown against top horses from St Thomas and St Croix.

Efforts by this news site to reach Violet 'Letty' Hodge of L&B Stables for a comment on Doughmaker's victory were futile up to post time.

Meanwhile, Race one was won by D'Pretender out of St Croix and ridden by Winston Hurst. Benny Southstreet came second and Weir’s Gap third.

Race two saw Luckytohaveme romp to victory ahead of Bitter Sweet Dream for Tortola and Miss Homer, also from Tortola.

Race three saw Star Ship Titan cross the line first, followed by Jordan’s Image and Kid from Comerio.

The fourth race was also won by a Tortola-based horse, Prince of Speed, with Trust Me second and Funny Accommodation third.

The fifth race of the day was won by Giant Valley, second was Suspicious and third Philly Thunder.

Race six saw victory for Uptown Anthem, ahead of Trading Secret and Break Up the Game. Race seven went to Stephen Got Better from Scripture and Verse and Cupid’s Messenger, whilst race nine was a triumph for Passe Havae ahead of Unguided Missile and Increase My Income.

Unresolved conflicts between the St Croix Horse Owners and the Track Promoters, Traxco, forced the cancellation of the second leg of the VI Triple Crown despite the best efforts of the VI Government to salvage the day.

However, there was nothing stopping horse racing at the Clinton E. Phipps Track and faithful fans could say they got their money’s worth.

See article posted March 1, 2015

Tortola’s Doughmaker wins big in STT

Tortola’s Doughmaker won today’s March 1, 2015 feature race at Clinton E. Phipps Race Track in St Thomas, USVI, defeating St Moose and Swagg Daddy and bringing home the glory to the Virgin Islands.

The race was run over a mile and fetched a purse of $7,000. Doughmaker, owned by L & B Stables, won on its debut.

Triple Crown first leg winner and second place finisher in today’s race St Moose, which made its debut, is owned by James Bates and is from St Croix, USVI. Third place finisher Swagg Daddy is owned by Alliance Point Stables of St Thomas, USVI.

We will bring you a full report on all the day’s races in a subsequent news item.

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