The winners of Gulfstream Park's $100,000 Royal Palm Juvenile S. and $100,000 Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies S., both set for May 13, each will earn an automatic entry into one of Royal Ascot's six 2-year-old races. The two five-furlong turf events will be the first-ever U.S. automatic qualifiers for a race at Royal Ascot.
Additionally, the connections will receive a $25,000 equine travel stipend.
“1/ST RACING is thrilled to announce this new global partnership with Ascot Racecourse,” Aidan Butler, Chief Executive Officer, 1/ST Racing & Gaming, said. “Gulfstream Park is honored to host two automatic qualifiers to challenge the world's best at this year's Royal Ascot meeting,”.
Royal Ascot will be held this year from Jun. 20-24.
“We're thrilled to be partnering with 1/ST RACING on this initiative and building on the already solid foundations of success that American juveniles have at Royal Ascot. Hopefully the incentives will attract a quality field and we look forward to welcoming their connections at Ascot,” Nick Smith, Director of Racing and Public Affairs, Ascot Racecourse, said.
The six juvenile races during the June Royal Ascot meeting are:
-The G2 Coventry, 6 furlongs
-The G2 Queen Mary, 5 furlongs, fillies
-The Windsor Castle, 5 furlongs, listed
-The G2 Norfolk, five furlongs
-The G3 Albany, 6 furlongs, fillies
-The Chesham Stakes, listed
Nominations for the Royal Palm Juvenile and Royal Palm Juvenile Fillies close Apr. 30.
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