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May 14th, 2024
‘Push horse racing or get pushed out’- Lesmore Smith to Hon Rymer

BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- US Virgin Islands Governor’s Cup Champion Lesmore Smith has urged Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) to take up the responsibility to push for the revival and development of horse racing in the [British] Virgin Islands.

May 1st, 2024
Horses from Tortola & Anegada to debut in 2024 St Thomas carnival races

ESTATE BOVONI, St Thomas, USVI- While horse racing in the [British] Virgin Islands (Tortola) is at a standstill over a land dispute, our neighbours in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands (USVI) are moving full steam ahead.

April 19th, 2024
New license granted to set stage for revitalised horse racing on St. Croix


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- “It’s a day that we’ve looked forward to for a long time….we’re cautiously optimistic,” said VIGL Operations LLC’s Chief Financial Officer Andrew Dubuque, when invited to address the public following the Casino Control Commission’s decision to grant VIGL a license to operate a casino at the Randall “Doc” James racetrack on St. Croix.

April 4th, 2024
USVI: Cut-off period for imported horses reduced from 30 to 14 days


CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI- The bulk of an emergency meeting called by the St Thomas/St John Horse Racing Commission on Tuesday, April 2, 2024, was spent discussing an email that had been received that morning by chair Hugo Hodge Jr. Signed by 17 people in the industry including owners and trainers, the correspondence articulated concerns about the upcoming race day.

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.

March 19th, 2024
Horse racing returning to STT with record $115K purse; VI racing stalled

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI – Horse racing will be returning to St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), with a record $115,000 purse. Meanwhile, legal challenges with the race track in the [British] Virgin Islands persist at the detriment of the 'Sport of Kings'.

August 27th, 2023
USVI horse racing tracks: Progress on St Thomas, frustration on St Croix


FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- In a Senate Committee that seemed to underscore a tale of two islands, progress and promise shone for the horse-racing industry on St Thomas, while bureaucratic delays and frustrations continued to mar the efforts on St Croix.

December 19th, 2022
‘People run their mouths because they don’t have a business to run’- Hon Fraser

SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Opposition Leader and Third District Representative Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) has maintained that Government should shun the idea of compulsory acquisition of land at Ellis Thomas Downs, as is being advocated by avid horse racing fan Eileene L. Parsons, OBE.

November 23rd, 2022
No Boxing Day horse races this year- Lesmore Smith

FISH BAY, Tortola, VI- As there seems to be no resolution in sight to the impasse between the Government of the Virgin Islands (VI) and the Thomas family that owns a portion of land that accommodates Ellis Thomas Downs at Sea Cows Bay, there will be no Boxing Day horse races this year.

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.

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