Notional Wins Salvator Mile Handicap And Gets In The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
Paul Reddam’s Notional, ridden by jockey Joe Bravo, won the $300,000 Salvator Mile Handicap at Monmouth Park Saturday, July 5. The Salvator Mile Handicap is one of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “win and you’re in” races meaning Notional gets to start in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on October 25 at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Mark Hennig, Notional covered 1 mile in 1:35.84 and paid $17.80, $5.40 and $2.80. Favored Gottcha Gold, under jocky Eddie Castro is 2 lengths behind returning $2.60 and $2.10. Honest Man with jockey Gabriel Saez aboard paid $2.60 to show.
The Salvator Mile Handicap was the first win this year for the 4-year-old son of In Excess, Notional, who was a stakes winner last year as a 3-year-old for trainer Doug O’Neill and finished second in the 2007 Florida Derby.
Notional suffered a fractured cannon bone and did not return to the races until this February. The Salvator Mile Handicap was Notional’s 4th lifetime win, and the winner’s prize of $180,000 raised his bankroll to $695,790.
Other horses that raced in Monmouth Park’s Salvator Mile Handicap in order of finish: Indy Wind, Better Than Bonds and Rathor.