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May 14th, 2024
Thomas family in no active land negotiations despite Premier’s claims- Thomas-Griffith

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI– Daughter of the late Ellis Thomas, Mrs Elaine M. Thomas-Griffith has blasted Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) as peddling untruths that his Government is in active negotiations with the family for the use of the land at Ellis Thomas Downs.

May 4th, 2024
“Whenever I say I coming for it, I go for it’- Lesmore Smith on 4th Gov’s cup win

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Horse Owner Lesmore Smith whose horse Ghostinyou had a thrilling victory to win the Governor’s Cup at the St Thomas Carnival Races in the USVI says he knew the prize was his from the beginning.

February 21st, 2024
Hon Walwyn accuses Premier of lying about Ellis Thomas Downs contract

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Six District Representative in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly, Hon Myron V. Walwyn (R6) has accused Premier Dr the Hon Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) of lacking the skills to negotiate a racetrack contract connected to the Ellis Thomas Downs, yet wanting to negotiate with the UK Government on major matters in the VI.

December 26th, 2023
No Boxing Day Races @ Ellis Downs; No sign of dispute being resolved!

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - Today Tuesday, December 26, 2023, is ‘Boxing Day’ and a public holiday in the Virgin Islands and one of the highlights for many years is race day at Ellis Thomas Downs located in Sea Cows Bay on the main Island of Tortola.

November 13th, 2023
Racetrack land lease still unresolved; No horse races for 70th anniversary celebration

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The last race day at Ellis Thomas Downs was August Tuesday of 2022. Since then Ellis Thomas Downs has laid barren. Many horse owners have either had to let their horses out of the stables to pasture, send them to other Caribbean Islands, or find creative ways to keep feeding them.

April 14th, 2023
Gov’t made 'significant' offer to family owning land @ Ellis Thomas Downs- Premier

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has indicated the Government of the Virgin Islands is awaiting a response from the family responsible for the Ellis Thomas Downs land in Sea Cows Bay, which will determine the future of horseracing.

December 26th, 2022
‘National tragedy that there is no horse racing today’ - Dr Michael A. Turnbull

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Reverend Dr. Michael A. Turnbull aka 'Dr Mike' who is the brother of Legislator, Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has called a ‘National Tragedy’ the fact that there is no boxing day races today, December 26, 2022, in the Virgin Islands (VI).

September 15th, 2022
Unity Gov't denies cancelling contract with Thomas family

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - The Unity Government led by Premier Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) says it remains committed to continuing efforts to resolve all outstanding issues with the Thomas family regarding the use of their land, which forms a part of Ellis Thomas Downs.

September 9th, 2022
Sept 18, 2022 horse races in jeopardy over land use ban

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Horse racing fans disappointed with the postponement of horse races at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola on September 3, 2022, due to inclement weather were looking forward to the new race date of September 18, 2022.

July 9th, 2022
A lookback @ late Gov Charles W. Turnbull; Ceremony Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - It was last Sunday, July 3, 2022, that the Virgin Islands (VI) learned of the sad news of the passing of former United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Charles W. Turnbull (D) who served as a Democratic Governor for two consecutive terms 1999 to 2007.

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