Horse Racing

St Moose wins Feature Race at VI Classic

on Monday, 18 January 2016. Posted in Horse Racing

St Moose wins Feature Race at VI Classic

whilst the crowd swelled to it’s usual proportions in time for the Feature Race in the V.I. Classic at the Ellis Thomas Downs on Sunday 17th January, 2016, there was plenty of early excitement.


The first race of the day, over 6 ½ Furlongs, had the nerves of Officials jangling as L and B Thunder seemingly got stuck in Gate One, to echo numerous problems with starts at the Downs over recent times.

This time though the borrowed Gates from St Thomas were not to blame according to race goers.

With Thunder out of contention, Dramacidel took up the early pace, but couldn’t hold off Orithyia in the final stretch.

The horse owned by Wasi Charleswell and ridden by Carlos Quinones won in a time of 1:29

“We prepared for it and knew the horse had the speed” commented Mr. Charleswell. “

The second race over 7 Furlongs brought more drama as Optionality, owned by L and B Racing Stables, ridden by Brian Gonzalez, crashed through the barriers and out of the race at the bottom turn


Fortunately both Horse and Rider came out of the accident virtually unscathed, although Gonzalez did suffer a broken wrist and was taken to Peebles Hospital.

Mark It A Wynn with Winston Hurst Junior on board took the win ahead of Meddling Birdie and Sir Whiskey.

The wining time 1:35.2/5ths

Race three, also over 7 Furlongs, started with more gate controversy as Buy Buy Buy came out late from the same gate one. However I’m Sensational ridden by Cindy Soto stopped for nothing as they raced home in 1:31 3/5ths.

It was Soto’s second win at the Downs and she led from start to finisg ahead of Sin Mirar Atras

Miss Homer won race four, over 7 Furlongs, in a time of 1:34, after Extra Dinner had set the early pace, but ran out of steam around the final bend.

The Feature race, briefly and it was just briefly, saw My Pal Shawn get the hopes of the BVI at fever pitch as , in what was a two horse race at the start became a one horse race by the end, as St Moose tore up the back and home stretches to win by four lengths in a time of 1;47

The Honourable Myron Walwyn was on hand to present the winners trophy to James Bates along with Patsy Lake, the Horse Owners new President.

The day was very well organized with a new level of professionalism and decoration and after the presentation Mr. Walwyn disclosed that discussions would start in regards to what else can be done to enhance and improve the Downs, including upgrades to the Track.

Race six went to Wrol Up who powered down the home straight to win in 1: 33 and 2 ahead of Chilean Boy and Uptown Anthem.

The last race of the day over 6 and ½ furlongs was won by Attorante in 1:26 and 4. Bling Blang out of St Thomas came second and Star Ship Titan third.

Apollo Sky beats Town Hall at Ellis Thomas Downs

on Monday, 13 July 2015. Posted in Horse Racing

Apollo Sky beats Town Hall at Ellis Thomas Downs

the much anticipated return of Town Hall to the Ellis Thomas Downs at the Pre Festival Meet on Sunday, highlighted the card, but ended in disappointment, for the Fan’s favourite

Town Hall briefly held the lead in the CCT Sponsored 1 Mile race, but Apollo Sky, ridden by Hynman Rivera, opened up a lead down the back straight and romped to a three length victory in a time of  1 29 and 4.

Star Ship Titan was third.

The first Race of the day, over 6 Furlongs, saw LB Thunder make the early running before Power Ten took over and seemingly had the race won. However Orithyia timed the finish to perfection and came round on the inside at the last bend to storm to victory in a time of 1 19 and 4.

Brian Gonzalez rode Meddling Birdie to the win over 1 Mile in Race number two after Southern Dunn had proved reluctant to enter the Gate.

The Horse owned by Mission House Stables led from start to finish and won in a time of 1 50 and 4. Southern Dunn came home second and Mark It a Wynn was third.

Race three went to Bitter Sweet Dream and was Gonzalez’s second winner.

Again the winner, owned by L and B Stables,  led from start to finish and covered the 1 Mile distance in a time of 1 49 and 4, well ahead of Buy Buy Buy, Yes By Eric and Kiton.

The fourth Race of the day nearly had a disastrous start as a clearly unhappy Prince of Speed had to be backed into the Gate and then as the other Horses took their time to enter, became agitated enough to throw Gonzalez off and crash to the floor before wriggling out under the Gate and speeding off around the track.

Once calm was restored Wrol Up, on debut and owned by the Boys Stables, was left to face Trading Secrets over 1Mile.

The pair were neck and neck, until the second bend, when Trading Secrets opened up a lead. Wrol Up came back strong and nearly caught up around the final bend, but Trading Secrets had a strong finish to win in a time of 1 48 and 2.

Next up for the Ellis Thomas Downs will be the August Festival Meet.

Doughmaker makes mincemeat of St Moose

on Sunday, 01 March 2015. Posted in Horse Racing

Doughmaker makes mincemeat of St Moose

the big show down at the Clinton E.Phipps Racetrack on Sunday 1st March, 2015, went the way of L and B stables, with Doughmaker beating St Moose in a time of 1.39.

St Moose, of course, had won the first leg of the VI Triple Crown, as was and 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 Swag Daddy third

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, owned by Alex Lake, cross the line first, followed by Jordan’s Image and Kid from Comerio

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

The fifth race of the day was won by Giant Valley, second was Suspicious and thirdPhilly 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

Trading Secrets and Chilean Boy representing in VI Triple Crown

on Thursday, 15 January 2015. Posted in Horse Racing

Trading Secrets and Chilean Boy representing in VI Triple Crown

The Virgin Islands Triple Crown is back on the Horse Racing Calendar, with the first leg scheduled during the Meet taking place this coming Sunday, at the Ellis Thomas Downs and the second and third legs still to be confirmed.

Whilst there are still some issues to be resolved with the dates of the second and third legs, slated for St Croix and St Thomas, the owner of Trading Secrets, Mr. Alex Lake, of Family Affairs Stables, is no doubt his horse, Trading Secrets, is in prime condition to take the Crown by storm and put the disappointment of the 2014 Championship being curtailed well and truly behind them.

In 2014, Town Hall was primed and ready for Triple Crown success, but because of differences of opinions amongst the Association’s it never happened, although Town Hall triumphed in what was to be the first leg of the Crown, which became the VI Classic

Really Uptown was the Triple Crwon Champion in 2012.

Town Hall is on his way back from injury , but Trading Secrets won his previous outing at the Ellis Thomas Downs, over 1 mile in a time of 1:51, beating Still Unbroken along the way, which is also running in the Triple Crown opener

Chilean Boy is the second home based horse taking part. He has already beaten Swag Daddy over 7 furlongs, which completes the field.

The full card for the 1 and 1/16th Mile first leg also includes Lesmore Smith’s, Chilean Boy, St Moose out of St Croix, Still Unbroken (stt) and Swag Daddy (stt).

The full proposed race card for the Meet on Saturday 18th January, which includes the first leg of the Triple Crown, is:-

RACE  # 1

5 Furlongs for Class D & E Horses

12:30 PM


Good Boy Daddy


True Essence


Original Runner


Mark It A Wynn




Machoramus (stt) **DEBUT**


Ellerise Park (stt)


RACE  # 2

6 1/2 Furlongs for C & D Horses

1:15 PM


King Hugo


Extra Brew (stt)


Southern Dunn


Prince of Speed


Sin Mirar Atras


Increase My Income (stx) **DEBUT**



Rough N Royal (stx)


RACE  # 3

7 Furlongs for Class C Horses

2:00 PM


Star Ship Titan


Kid From Comerio (stx)**DEBUT**


Jordan's Image (stt)


Fort Pyramid


Buy Buy Buy


Funny Accomadation (stt)


RACE  # 4

1 MILE for Class C & D Horses

2:45 PM


Kenny's Addi Blu




Miss Homer


Bitter Sweet Dream


Pa Pa Pa Perfect (stx)



Split The Aces (stx) **DEBUT**



Extra Dinner (stx)


RACE  # 5

OPEN SPRINT 5 Furlongs

3:30 PM




Luxury Appeal (stx)


Joyful Minister (stx)


Stephen Got Better (stt)


RACE  # 6

1 1/16 Furlongs for Class A Horses VI Triple Crown Challenge

4:15 PM


Chilean Boy


Trading Secrets


Still Unbroken (stt)


St. Moose (stx)**DEBUT**


Swag Daddy (stt)


RACE  # 7

1 Mile for Class A&B Horses

5:00 PM


Admission (stt)


Blast Of Macho (stx)


Uptown Anthem (stx) **DEBUT**


Doughmaker **DEBUT**

Miss Homer by a nose or was it?

on Thursday, 26 December 2013. Posted in Horse Racing

Town Hall may have won the Feature Race of the day over 1 1/16th mile at the Ellis Thomas Downs on Boxing Day, but those who turned up to watch were treated to the closest finish in years in the 7 furlong Fillies and Mares race that saw Miss Homer adjudged the winner by a short nose from Orithyia.

Miss Homer, ridden by Jose Rios, led most of the way round, but Orithyia and jockey Michael Simple seemed to have timed their surge perfectly down the home straight to edge home by a nose at the finish line with the jockey raising his arm to celebrate a famous victory.

However after a delay which saw both horses parade around the winners circle, the judges decided that Miss Homer, on the inside, had in fact won the race.

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As all parties quickly disappeared to the stables, to no doubt continue the debate, the winning time was declared as 1 31 and 3/5ths, with Willa Bella third.

The Feature Race saw Town Hall hold off a spirited challenge from Buy Buy Buy (debut) to win in 1 53 flat. Mr. Gold Prospect was third.

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All three horses had been neck and neck until the back straight when Town Hall, ridden by Jose Rios and Buy Buy Buy, ridden by Alberto Soto pulled away from Carlos Lopez and Mr. Gold Prospect.

Rios commented after the race that the horse really needs to move up in class now, which might mean a mouthwatering match up against Really Uptown, who is still on the comeback trail to full fitness. He also said the race track was playing even, the competition was stiff and it was a good race.

The day’s races had opened over 6 ½ furlongs with True Essence of Zion Stables, beating Lesmore Smith’s Priority Express into second in a time of 1 26 and 3/5ths. Man From The Hill was third.

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Tormento was scratched from race two over 7 furlongs leaving Good Boy Daddy to edge out Power Ten in a time of 1 45 and 1/5th. The horses had raced neck and neck almost all the way around until Good Boy Daddy gave Lesmore Smith his first win of the day.

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“I’ve been working with the horse for two months and knew it had the speed. We took it easy and then when I asked he gave me everything, so it was an easy win”

Race 4 over a mile saw Rodney Simmonds celebrate victory as Stephen Got Better made it a hat trick of wins, beating Square One and All Country with a time of 1 45 flat. Stephen Got Better, ridden by Carlos Lopez, took the lead down the home straight to win by a couple of lengths.

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“The instruction was to go in front” commented Simmons “but the rider always does the opposite to what I say!”

Simmons had intended to keep Stephen Got Better in the BVI, but he noted that the trainer, Ira Petersen Junior, wants him back in the USVI.

Hopefully for race fans here, the Horse will be back to compete here again.

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