(Henrietta Topham / All Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:

CHURCHILL DOWNS MINT JULEP STAKES WINNER HENRIETTA TOPHAM FACES GRADE II WINNER NEW YEAR’S EVE IN $200,000 KY DOWNS LADIES TURF MILE PREVIEW:

CambusKenneth Farm’s recent Mint Julep Stakes (Grade III) winner Henrietta Topham leads an over-subscribed field of 14 fillies and mares, including classy Grade II winner New Year’s Eve, entered in Sunday’s sixth running of the $200,000 Ky Downs Ladies Turf Mile Preview at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

          The Ky Downs Ladies Turf Mile Preview Stakes was carded as Race 7 of 9 with a post time of 2:50 p.m. (all times Central) First post for Day 2 of Kentucky Downs Preview Days will be 11:45 a.m.

The stellar two-days of racing will feature a combined seven stakes contests with each winner receiving an entry fees paid berth to the corresponding race in September at Kentucky Downs. Run at one-mile on turf, the winner of the Ky Downs Ladies Turf Mile Preview will receive a berth to the Sept. 2, $1 million Ladies Turf (GIII).

          Henrietta Topham achieved her biggest lifetime victory in early June when she surged late to win the Mint Julep Stakes at Churchill Downs. Trained by Geoff Mulcahy, Henrietta Topham had a troubled voyage to finish third last time out in the Indiana General Assembly Distaff at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Jockey James Graham will retain the mount from post No. 2.

          Trainer Brendan Walsh entered a trio of contenders in the Ky Downs Ladies Turf Mile Preview including Qatar Racing and Fergus Galvin’s Grade II heroine New Year’s Eve. The three-time winner has not found the winner’s circle since her victory in the 2022 Edgewood (GII) at Churchill Downs but sports two graded stakes placings following that race in the Saratoga Oaks Invitational (GIII) and the Modesty (GIII). Jockey Luis Saez will have the call on New Year’s Eve from post 9.

          Walsh’s other entries in the race are Bradley Thoroughbreds, Cambron Equine and Kurz EquineInvestments’ Arm Candy and Dewberry Thoroughbred’s Princess Theorem.

          Allen Stable’s For the Flag will be in search of her first stakes victory in the Ky Downs Preview Ladies Turf Mile but enters the race on a three-race win streak. Trained by Jimmy Toner, the fleet-footed For the Flag broke her my 1 ¼ lengths in March at Gulfstream Park and has since easily gone through the allowance ranks. The 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo won a first-level allowance contest in April at Keeneland and a second-level allowance in mid-June at Belmont Park. Jockey Jorge Ruiz rides For the Flag from post 4.

          Here is the complete field for the Ky Downs Ladies Turf Mile Preview from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Glenall (IRE) (David Cabrera, Caio Caramori)
  2. Henrietta Topham (Graham, Mulcahy)
  3. Fancy Martini (Chris Landeros, Chris Hartman)
  4. For the Flag (Ruiz, Toner)
  5. Sweet Dani Girl (Gabe Saez, Carlo Vaccarezza)
  6. Boudoir Burlesque (Rafael Mojica, Anna Decker)
  7. Sinfiltre (Francisco Arrieta, Todd Pletcher)
  8. Querobin Dourada (Joe Talamo, Paulo Lobo)
  9. New Year’s Eve (Saez, Walsh)
  10. Lady Hideaway (Brian Hernandez Jr., Ian Wilkes)
  11. Princess Theorem (Adam Beschizza, Walsh)
  12. Takntothecleaners (Edgar Morales, Ethan West)

AE 13. Bhoma (Gerardo Corrales, Wayne Catalano)

AE 14. Arm Candy (Vince Cheminaud, Walsh)

Kentucky Downs Preview Days will kick off Saturday with a trio of stakes contests each worth purses of $200,000 – the Dueling Grounds Preview, the Mint Ladies Turf Sprint Preview and the Mint Millions Mile Preview. First post Saturday is 11:45 a.m.

Ellis Park Racing Analyst Joe Kristufek will be live on-site for Kentucky Downs Preview Weekend. 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 Weekend on FanDuel TV.

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