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Impressive fields assembled for Royal Ascot automatic qualifiers at Gulfstream Park

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Automatic spots and a trip to Royal Ascot are on the line this Saturday at Gulfstream Park, with a pair of two-year-old turf stakes (the Royal Palm Juvenile and Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies) bearing important international implications. These five-furlong sprints each carry $120,000 purses and boast capacity fields of 12.

The Royal Palm series, launched last May, produced immediate returns in its inaugural year, with Crimson Advocate winning the Juvenile Fillies at Gulfstream Park before going on to land the prestigious Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes. Once again, this innovative series’ winners will receive an automatic berth into one of six two-year-old events at Royal Ascot, alongside a free equine travel stipend for shipping from the US.

Innovative partnerships like the Royal Palm are helping to improve North American participation and boost international interest at the world’s biggest meetings. 1/ST are putting their shoulders to the wheel for other ground-breaking initiatives in the immediate future, including recent partnerships with The Jockey Club (for the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse and the My Pension Expert July Cup) and France Galop (for the Group 1 Sumbe Prix Jean Romanet Stakes).

Meet the contenders for the Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies (Race 8):

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#1-CHINA BLUE: Outrun fifth of 6 at Gulfstream May 2 and would be wheeling back on 9 days’ rest for trainer Javier Gonzalez. Last year’s runners in this race who had a Gulfstream prior outing finished fourth, eighth and ninth.

#2-KIP THE DISTANCE: Close-up second in debut dirt sprint at Gulfstream 9 days ago when finishing 6 lengths in front of returning rival China Blue. Sent off at nearly 22-1 at first asking for trainer Angel Rodriguez. Last year’s runners in this race who had a Gulfstream prior outing finished fourth, eighth and ninth.

#3-BUNRATTY MANOR: Trainer George Weaver (pictured above) swept last year’s Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile in the inaugural year for the event. Son of No Nay Never, who sired last year’s Royal Palm Juvenile winner No Nay Mets. Pair of turf works at Palm Beach Downs among the morning prep work for Saturday’s first outing. Sold for $195,000 at Goff’s yearling sale.

#4-YOU NEED ME: Rookie colt is by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah’s less-accomplished full-brother St. Patrick’s Day. Sold for $50,000 at Ocala in March and debuts off a series of dirt works for trainer J. David Braddy.

#5-BULLET: Trainer Mark Casse was third in this race last year with The Myth. Brings this $425,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale buy to her debut off a long series of works at Casse farm and Palm Meadows. War Front colt is a maternal grandson of Surfside and great-grandson of Flanders, providing optimism for superior 2-year-old performances.

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#6-RAMSEY POND: Owner Ken Ramsey’s sharp-working debut runner by Divisidero drew $100,000 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. and jockey Samy Camacho have strong 8-17 mark in tandem in recent years.

#7-THE QUEENS M G: 45-1 upset winner of her Keeneland dirt debut from tough post 11 was privately purchased and transferred to Saffie Joseph Jr.’s barn after that race. Last year’s winner Crimson Advocate was coming off a debut third on dirt at Keeneland. Has turf in her damside pedigree as her fourth dam Parade Green won the 1997 Mrs. Revere and 1998 Joe Namath (latter at Gulfstream) on turf.

#8-BOIS BLANC: Keeneland turf sprint debut runner-up at 24-1 odds was clearly second-best in that 11-runner lineup. Expect some early developers by sire First Samurai. Trainer Justin Wojczynski had a productive Keeneland meet with limited starters, just as his overall 2024 stats indicate.

#9-PERFECT SHANCES: Led every step in her lone start, a Keeneland dirt dash that clocked fifth-fastest of 9 two-year-old races at the 2024 Spring Meet. Trainer Wesley Ward finished second in this race last year with Ocean Mermaid, bet to 4-5 favoritism in her career debut. Last year’s winner Crimson Advocate was coming off a debut third on dirt at Keeneland. By dirt sprint star Shancelot, but her dam is full-sister to Sweet Harmony, who opened her career 2-2 including Monmouth’s Colleen Stakes turf sprinting.

#10-GOOD LONG CRY: Rookie enters on a modest string of 3-furlong drills on turf and dirt. Trainer George Weaver swept last year’s Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile in the inaugural year for the event. Sire Long On Value opened his career 3-3, earned more than $1 million and was a Grade 1-winning turf sprinter.

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#11-MY EMMY: Trainer Mark Casse was third in this race last year with The Myth and notably campaigned this filly’s sire War of Will to 2019 Preakness glory and eventually Grade 1-winning turf credentials. Trio of published workouts at Palm Meadows includes a pair of half-miles on turf.

#12-UNCHAINED ELAINE: Clear-cut runner-up in her April 12 Gulfstream dirt sprint debut. Daughter of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, who, at stud, has had his most success with turf fillies. Trainer Patrick Biancone, who trained the dam Razorback Lady to success sprinting on dirt and turf, turns to jockey Keith Asmussen, fresh off the conclusion of the Oaklawn Park meeting. Last year’s runners in this race who had a Gulfstream prior outing finished fourth, eighth and ninth.

Meet the contenders for the Royal Palm Juvenile (Race 10):

#1-MAKEIT TO CHEYENNE: From the female family of elite sprinter Munnings, this son of Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map debuts for trainer Mark Casse. Series of workouts at Palm Meadows includes one on turf and a bullet on dirt May 4.

#2-ENTERDADRAGON: $17,000 purchase by Outwork debuts off a series of 7 workouts at Palm Meadows, the most recent of which came on turf. Outwork sired last year’s brilliant early season 2-year-old filly Brightwork, winner of the Debutante, Adirondack and Spinaway Stakes. Jose D’Angelo trains the direct descendent of the legendary mare Personal Ensign, his fourth dam.

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#3-MADROC: Constitution colt chased and tired to be fifth in his Keeneland turf debut April 25, finishing behind Royal Palm Juvenile rival Bright Skittle. Ocala-based colt returns to Florida for trainer Mary Lightner. Dam Holly Hundy was a Colonial Downs turf sprint stakes winner.

#4-CLASSY WAR: Trainer Mark Casse notably campaigned this colt’s sire War of Will to 2019 Preakness glory and eventually Grade 1-winning turf credentials. Boasts bullet drills on turf not once, but twice, at Palm Meadows for the debut, notable this time of year when working amongst older horses.

#5-REACH FOR THE ROSE: Home-bred debuts for owner Ken Ramsey and trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. By Holy Bull-Florida Derby winner Audible and whose second dam was a juvenile turf stakes winner for the Ramseys. Solid turf work coming into this capped a string of 6 clocked morning moves.

#6-I KNOW I KNOW: Long, strong series of 8 workouts for the debut, including a bullet on turf at Palm Meadows on Sunday. Trainer Patrick Biancone tabs Keith Asmussen to ride, fresh off the Oaklawn meeting that closed last weekend. Sire Jess’s Dream, the impeccable son of Curlin-Rachel Alexandra, won his 1 and only start before going to stud. His best success at stud has been with turfer My Dani Girl.

#7-GABALDON: $9,000 purchase by Gone Astray debuts after 7 Palm Meadows published workouts for Jose D’Angelo. Solid turf move April 26 among those. D’Angelo teams with Emisael Jaramillo, winning at a 20% rate in tandem over the past year-plus.

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#8-RAISE THE BAR: Cruised to victory in his lone start, a Keeneland dirt dash that clocked second-fastest of 9 two-year-old races at the 2024 Spring Meet. Trainer Wesley Ward finished seventh in this race last year with 4-5 favorite and debut runner Holding the Line. Ward has trained 2 other offspring of this mare, both of which found the winner’s circle in their first or second start.

#9-BRIGHT SKITTLE: Late-running debut third on turf at Keeneland on April 25, finishing 1 length in front of Royal Palm Juvenile rival Madroc after a troubled break. $142,000 pricetag on this son of Twirling Candy and the debut-winning mare Harbor Lights (her first foal to race). Trainer Rusty Arnold has had many top turf sprinters in his care, including Leinster and Gear Jockey.

#10-GOVERNOR SAM: Trainer George Weaver swept last year’s Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile in the inaugural year for the event, winning this race with debut runner No Nay Mets. This rookie sold for $275,000 at Ocala in April and is from the first crop of $2.7 million earner Improbable. Grandsire City Zip long known for turf sprint success at stud. Bullet workout on dirt at Palm Beach Downs April 25 among 2 published drills. Dam I’m Betty G was a multiple stakes winner on turf.

#11-INCANTO: Stonestreet Stable looks to continue its annual treks to Royal Ascot with this Irish-bred rookie who is working bullets. Jack Sisterson trains, while much of the Stonestreet-to-Ascot history came with Wesley Ward. Sire Mehmas best known to US players for exported offspring Going Global and Chez Pierre.

#12-GARDEN OF WAR: Like Classy War in this same field, trainer Mark Casse notably campaigned this colt’s sire War of Will to 2019 Preakness glory and eventually Grade 1-winning turf credentials. Back-to-back bullet workouts at Palm Meadows on dirt and turf coming into the career debut. Casse turns here to jockey Miguel Vasquez, a 21% winning combination over the past year-plus.

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INSPIRED LAUNCHES ITS MAY LINE-UP OF ONLINE & MOBILE SLOTS

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Inspired Entertainment, Inc., a leading B2B provider of gaming content, systems and solutions, is pleased to announce its May slots line-up, available online and on mobile.

 

Kong Wonder Wilds™ – 92% and 94.5% RTP

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Players can descend into the heart of the jungle with Kong Wonder Wilds™, where the game’s Wilds are as mighty as the beasts that roam the reels. With a reel configuration of 6×4 and 25 win-lines, Kong Wonder Wilds is a descendant of Inspired’s high performing slot, Call of the Wild™, but with exciting new features.

In the base game, players should keep an eye out for two unique wild symbols. One triggers line multipliers during the bonus, while the other brings extra Wild Win Spins, making for an exciting gameplay experience. When these two powerful wilds combine, players can expect an intense jungle showdown. Landing six or more Wilds in the base game activate the Wild Win & Spin Bonus. The bonus grants players three lives to snatch up as many sticky wilds as they can, ensuring their experience through the jungle is nothing short of exhilarating. A bonus round allure includes two special sticky wilds, capable of granting multiple winning spins or enhanced payouts, making it highly coveted among players.

Additional features including Bonus Buy and Gamble are available in applicable jurisdictions. Bonus Buy offers direct entry into the bonus, while Gamble offers players the chance to win more cash and/or increase their chances of triggering the bonus.

Kong Wonder Wilds is a medium volatility game, ideal for the casual online casino player looking to unleash their inner wild side and embark on the ultimate jungle quest.

 

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Wild Drop Multiplier™ is a medium volatility slot, where every spin is bursting with excitement and juicy wins. Players will experience an adrenaline rush with this action-packed 5×4 reel, 40 win-line slot that features a special “dropping” Wilds mechanic. When Wild symbols land on reels two, three, or four, they drop and leave a dynamic trail of Wilds in their wake, offering players the chance to experience a fruity avalanche of winnings.

The exhilarating Wild Drop Multiplier Free Spins Bonus is triggered when players land three or more Bonus symbols anywhere in view. During the Bonus round, Wild symbols have multipliers that increase by +1 on the next spin each time one lands. The multiplier also applies to new Wilds created when a Wild drops. When two or three Wilds land on a line, their multiplier values are multiplied together, leading to juicy wins for that “cherry on the cake” feel.

Fortune Bet, Bonus Buy and Gamble are available (in applicable jurisdictions). Fortune Bet boosts a player’s chances of Free Spins bonus entry and Bonus Buy offers direct entry into the Free Spins Bonus, while Gamble offers players the chance to win more cash and/or increase their chances of triggering the Free Spins Bonus.

Take a spin and reel in some juicy wins with Wild Drop Multiplier, and let the fruity fun begin!

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Packs of eight or more pooches land the coveted Best of Breed Prize, complete with x10 multipliers. Winning three or more “Bone-us” symbols kick off Round One of the Perfect Prize Pooch Dog Show Free Spins. During free spins, the Trainers embark on an exciting journey, collecting prized pooches and advancing along the progressive trail to victory.  The next round on the trail offers more free spins and multipliers that’ll make players howl with delight. But the real treat awaits at the final Best of Show round, where the combination of Best of Breed and Best of Show offers huge potential wins, that’ll have players barking with joy.

Fortune Bet, Fortune Spins and Gamble are available (in applicable jurisdictions.) Fortune Bet boosts a player’s chances of Free Spins bonus entry, Fortune Spins improves the game’s bonus hit rate for less play and bigger wins, and the Gamble allows players to risk their base game wins to win more cash and/or increase their chances of triggering the Free Spins bonus.

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Claire Osborne, Vice President of Interactive at Inspired, said: “Inspired offers players the chance to embark on a thrilling journey this May with our latest trio of fun slots. From the depths of the jungle to the vibrant worlds of fruits and a dazzling dog show, each slot has its own unique characteristics, and vibrant features to deliver the best in iGaming entertainment.

“Stay tuned for our upcoming lineup of sensational slots in June, brimming with more diverse themes, engaging gameplay and ingenious mechanics, offering players new, fun ways to win big!”

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PA Betting Services announces long-term agreement with BoscaSports

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PA Betting Services (PABS), the leading supplier of horseracing data and betting content, has agreed a new deal supplying BoscaSports with racing data and content until 2028.

The new agreement will see PABS market-leading delivery platform provide its extensive range of betting products and data services to BoscaSports, one of the industry’s leading providers of digital solutions for retail environments and racecourses.

BoscaSports will utilise PABS global offering of horseracing and sports content, powering a variety of interactive digital products for racecourses and LBO’s across the UK&I and Europe, enabling customers to access engaging insights, statistics and tips.

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Keiron Muir, Account Director at PA Betting Services, said, “We are delighted to have agreed a new long-term deal with Bosca. Utilising our content, they have developed an array of interactive digital products transforming the retail experience and showcasing racing in a way that will promote the sport and engage new audiences”.

Eugene Mitchell, CEO at BoscaSports, said, “We are committed to providing dynamic digital solutions to the racing industry, and to achieve this we must have the best-in-class data and content. PABS extensive range of data and content ensures we can continue to innovate and provide world-class products to our partners”.

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EGT Digital to present its cutting-edge iGaming solutions at Belgrade Future Gaming 2024

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On 28 and 29 May operators, players and industry experts in Serbia will have the chance to learn more about the innovative products of EGT Digital during this year’s edition of Belgrade Future Gaming. Together with EGT the Bulgarian iGaming provider will welcome guests on stand E1.

Along with its popular instant games EGT Digital will present its extensive portfolio of casino solutions, currently including the jackpot bestsellers Bell Link, Clover Chance, High Cash and Single Progressive Jackpot and more than 100 slot titles on different themes, which already gained popularity in over 50 markets globally. At visitors’ disposal will be the brand-new football game Burning Goals, part of the Clover Chance jackpot. On the eve of the European Championship, EGT Digital will allow football lovers to dive into the atmosphere of a real match with just a click on their screen. The gaming thrill will reach new heights thanks to the double chance feature, providing players with even more opportunities of winning one of the big prizes.

EGT Digital’s in-house developed “all-in-one” betting platform X-Nave will also be on display to demonstrate its 4 main modules: CRM Engine, Sport product, Casino aggregator and Payment Gateway. Each one of them can be both part of the complete solution or operate separately, as they allow integration with developments of third-party providers.

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Tsvetomira Drumeva, Head of Sales at EGT Digital, shared her positive expectations regarding the participation of the company in the event: “We will take part in Belgrade Future Gaming for another year in a row, because it is very well attended and along with our valued current partners we can reach a lot of potential new customers as well. I am very glad to say that our casino games are already live in Serbia and have been demonstrating an excellent performance so far. I am confident that in the near future we will be able to expand our footprint in the country and further contribute to the development of the local online gaming sector.”

 

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