02/10/2017 1:00PM

Notional sold to stand at Swifty Farms in Indiana


Notional, a Grade 2-winning son of In Excess, will stand the 2017 breeding season at Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind, after selling to a partnership based in the state for $8,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale.

He will stand the upcoming season for an advertised fee of $2,000.

Notional stood the past two seasons at Dr. Robert Zoellner’s Rockin’ Z Ranch in Beggs, Okla., most recently for $2,500. He was offered at the Fasig-Tipton sale as part of the dispersal of Zoellner’s equine interests, handled by Vinery Sales.

The stallion will stand as property of Randy Haffner, Tommy Wente, and David Bogue.

“He’ll work well in the Indiana program,” Haffner said. “I actually didn’t come to look at him. I looked at some others and he fell through the cracks. My partners and I are very happy with him.”

Notional initially entered stud at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. Breeders who maintain lifetime breeding rights to the stallion through Spendthrift’s “Share the Upside” program will still be able to utilize them at Swifty Farms.

The 12-year-old stallion has six crops of racing age with 138 winners and combined progeny earnings in excess of $7.2 million.

Notional’s top runners include Grade 3 winner Far Right, and stakes winners Hopeful Notion, Victor Jara, Risky Call, Cake Pop, Red Carpet Runner, and War Gamer.

Notional won four of 12 starts for earnings of $733,240, with victories in the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes and the Grade 3 Risen Star Stakes and Salvator Mile Handicap. He also finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and third in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes.

Bred in California by Vessels Stallion Farm, Notional is out of the winning French Deputy mare Truly Blessed, who is the dam of five winners from six foals to race. He is from the family of Argentine champion Lovellon.