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Illegal STX Horse Track Closed as Licensed Track Stuck in Limbo

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.
St. Croix-born jockey Euclyn “Pede” Prentice Jr. (Photo by Ricky Plaskett)

Senators Hear Testimony on Bill to Honor Jockey Who Died Young

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 conference table on St. Thomas is all ready for a teleconference with the St. Croix members of the Horse Racing Commission, but the St, Thomas commissioners are no-show. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Horse Racing Commission at a Standstill

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.
Sen. Dwayne DeGraff (D-STT) speaks at Friday's session. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, V.I. Legislature)

Senators Looking for Who to Blame for Horse Racing Halt

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.
Dr. Laura Palminteri tells senators Tuesday that owners of race horses in the territory are in 'a difficult place.' (Photo by Barry Leerdam for the Legislature of the Virgin Islands)

Horse Racing Commission Says Races Still Years Away

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.





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