(Jockey Florent Geroux / Photo by Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:

Multiple stakes winner Fuerteventura leads a competitive cast of 12 older horses that entered Saturday’s seventh running of the $200,000 Ky Downs Mint Millions Mile Preview as part of Kentucky Downs Preview Weekend at Ellis Park Racing and Gaming.

          Saturday-Sunday is Kentucky Downs Preview Weekend at Ellis Park where the winners of each of the seven stakes events across the two days of racing will receive automatic berths, with their entry fees waved, into the corresponding races at Kentucky Downs.

          The Mint Millions Turf Mile Preview, which will award the winner a spot in the Sept. 2, $2 million Mint Millions, was made the finale on the nine-race card. The field for the one-mile turf contest will go to post at 3:55 p.m. (all times Central). First post is 11:45 a.m.

          Trained by Jonathan Thomas, Fuerteventura has competed at eight tracks across North America in just 10 starts. The 4-year-old son of Summer Front won the Brooks Fields Mile Stakes at Canterbury in late June and his resume also includes a gutsy victory in last year’s Jersey Derby at Monmouth Park. Jockey Florent Geroux will have the call from post 7.

          The competitive field for the Mint Millions Preview also includes Porch Light Racing, BrandonTucker, Raul Bras, Haugh Stables and Highlight Thoroughbreds’ narrow runner-up in the Schuster Memorial Underdressed; trainer Mike Maker’s duo of last-out allowance winner Heaven Street and stakes winner Max K.O.; and Lothenbach Stables dominant dirt allowance winner Minnesota Ready.

          Here is the complete field for the Mint Millions Turf Mile Preview from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Minnesota Ready (Corey Lanerie, Neil Pessin)
  2. Trafalgar (Edgar Morales, Chris Hartman)
  3. 3. Big Dreaming (James Graham, Wayne Catalano)
  4. Gray’s Fable (Declan Cannon, Brian Lynch)
  5. Heaven Street (Cristian Torres, Maker)
  6. Hozier (Julien Leparoux, Rodolphe Brisset)
  7. Fuerteventura (Geroux, Thomas)
  8. Greyes Creek (Adam Beschizza, Paulo Lobo)
  9. Play Action Pass (Joe Ramos, Robert Medina)
  10. Santos Dumont (Francisco Arrieta, Chris Hartman)
  11. Underdressed (Orlando Mojica, Rey Hernandez)
  12. Max K. O. (Gerardo Corrales, Maker)

Ellis Park Racing Analyst Joe Kristufek will be live on-site for Kentucky Downs Preview Days. Kristufek will offer analysis and post-race interviews for the stakes events throughout the weekend on the simulcast signal while analyst Scott Shapiro will offer his expert thoughts from the studio. Fans can also watch Kentucky Downs Preview Days on FanDuel TV.

          For more information about racing and wagering from Ellis Park, visit www.ellisparkracing.com.