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East End Tap is alive, says trainer & co-owner

East End Tap before the feature race on April 27, 2012 where he broke his leg and will not be able to compete again but will become a pleasure horse. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Contrary to a recent public announcement, East End Tap, one of the Virgin Islands’ top horses, has not been euthanized, declared its trainer Rodney Simmonds.

“He’s alive, I bathe him up to yesterday [May 6],” the surprised Simmonds told this news agency after being contacted following an announcement on NDP Radio last evening, May 7, 2012 that the horse was put to sleep on Saturday.

Host of the programme, Eileene Parsons, had expressed her sadness over the horse’s supposed demise.

But Simmonds wants to assure fans that East End Tap, winner of the 3rd leg of the VI Triple Crown, though injured, is resting in his stables.

On April 27, 2012, at the Clinton E. Phipps race track in St. Thomas, USVI, the seven year-old gelding fractured his Sesamoid bone located in the right front leg during the Governor’s Cup race.

On April 29, Simmonds had told Virgin Islands News Online that they were awaiting a veterinarian who was being flown in from Miami, to determine whether the prided VI horse would be able to be "up and running" as a pleasure horse or would have had to be put to sleep based on his injuries.

And according to Simmonds yesterday May 7, East End Tap’s leg is still swollen, however, by week-end the horse will be allowed “on the track” to see if it can walk.

“The Vet told us to just monitor him…we already know he can’t compete again, I just want him to be a pleasure horse,” the trainer added.

10 Responses to “East End Tap is alive, says trainer & co-owner”

  • johnny (08/05/2012, 08:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Forgive ms p she had a senior moment
    • Virgin Son (08/05/2012, 13:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Forgive her she supports horse races
    • she again!!! (08/05/2012, 21:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      after saying she shouted down her roof top when east end tap won the third leg of the triple crown the next month she on the radio calling death on the poor horse..what are we going to do with Ms. P?????just love her to death!!!! but Ms. Parsons must be also regonised for her contributions to horse races in the VI with sen wattlington.....
  • small head (08/05/2012, 08:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd ah mussy why dem calling death on dey poor animal?
  • johnny (08/05/2012, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The fleas haven't got to him yet? Poor thing.
  • nanny cay (08/05/2012, 17:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    who is relay pushing to put this horse to sleep? Just let the animal out to the pasture man be humane
  • school children (08/05/2012, 22:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    some body had too much jack daniel to drink
    • Devon O (09/05/2012, 11:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      look wah ayo gone???the poor lady was just repeating waht she think she heard..she will be ok...but east end tap is alive but for how long????

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