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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 13th, 2024
Thomas family will 'not be manipulated' by VI Gov’t- Elaine M. Thomas-Griffith

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST Thomas, USVI – Elaine M. Thomas-Griffith, the daughter of the late Ellis Thomas, has taken to the media over the issues surrounding Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay and its stalled negotiations with the [British] Virgin Islands Government for use of the land.

April 21st, 2024
Storeroom destroyed by fire @ Ellis Thomas Downs

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Word reaching our news centre is that sometime between 5:00 AM and 6:00 AM today, Sunday, April 21, 2024, there was a small fire reported close to the quarantine stables at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay.

March 27th, 2024
Ellis Thomas Downs gets partial cleanup; Still no decision on August races

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- The only horse race track in the Territory, Ellis Thomas Downs located in Sea Cows Bay on the main island of Tortola, has gotten a partial cleanup.

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.

August 25th, 2023
Willock calls for new negotiations regarding Ellis Thomas Downs stalemate

FAT HOGS BAY, Tortola, VI- A staple of the Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival activities is horse racing; however, it was missing from this year’s calendar of activities due to a breakdown in negotiations with landowners at Ellis Thomas Downs in Sea Cows Bay last year.

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.

January 6th, 2023
Fraser pleaded for vessels removal from SCB Harbour, attention to Downs repair

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was last month at the Standing Finance Committee (SFC) Meeting that Leader of the Opposition and Member for the Third District Hon Julian Fraser RA said he attended meetings with Mr Anthony S. McMaster, Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Islands Recovery and Development Agency (RDA), and it was a 'go' to start removing the derelict vessels from the Sea Cows Bay Harbour.

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