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The V.I. government shut down an illegal horse racing track on St. Croix this week. Horsemen put together the makeshift track in Williams Delight after the closure of the island's Randall “Doc” James racetrack in 2016.
Emotions ran high Monday and tears flowed freely during a Senate committee hearing on a bill to recognize Euclyn “Pede” Prentice Jr. for his accomplishments in the horse racing industry, his contributions to the Virgin Islands and to name a road in his honor.
The V.I. Horse Racing Commission was unable to conduct a meeting Thursday, Dec. 12, due to the absence of all commission members from St. Thomas. Chairman Jay Watson said the commission has been unable to conduct any official business since Aug. 30.
Horse racing in the Virgin Islands is not starting up soon. As a matter of fact, the starting gate for the St. Thomas racetrack isn't even in the territory. And senators from the Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks and Recreation don’t know who to blame.
Sheldon A. Turnbull, a member of the V.I. Horse Racing Commission, told lawmakers Tuesday that the commission is dysfunctional. Members of the Legislature's Committee on Youth, Sports, Parks, and Recreation had even less complimentary terms to describe the commission after Tuesday's hearing.