Challenges in shipping racehorses into the territory are among the reasons the annual August Tuesday races have been cancelled, the BVI Horse Owners Association has said.
Association president Lesmore Smith told BVI News the horses that were slated to compete next Tuesday were all being shipped from Miami in the United States.
“The horses weren’t able to travel due to circumstances beyond our control,” Smith said.
He said the available local horses that survived the 2017 hurricanes were not fit enough to compete because they had not undergone any training for almost a year.
But Smith told BVI News there were other reasons the August Tuesday races were cancelled.
When asked to divulge those reasons, Smith declined to comment.
“It’s more than I can mention. It’s more than I would want to mention. I will leave it simply at that,” he said.
The Smith-led Horse Owners Association had worked feverishly to put on the annual races this year. They had rebuilt the Ellis Thomas Downs horse stables that were destroyed during the hurricanes.
They also made a number of preparations to get the racetrack ready in time for the now-cancelled event.
“Most of everything was ready but there are some difficulties … I do apologise [for the cancellation]. It’s not that I didn’t try but I can’t go further than I can go. I can’t do more than I can do. I can’t create anything more than I have created so that’s the situation,” Smith said.
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