12/10/2013 3:59PM

Kettle Corn retired to Fair Winds Farm

Benoit & Associates
Kettle Corn, seen here winning the San Diego Handicap, will enter stud in Ohio next year.

Grade 2 winner Kettle Corn has been retired from racing due to a ligament injury and will stand the 2014 breeding season at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, Ohio for an advertised fee of $3,000.

The 6-year-old son of Candy Ride finishes his career with eight wins in 26 starts for earnings of $853,361. His marquee wins came in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap and the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap, and his 2013 campaign also included runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic and Hollywood Gold Cup, as well as the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap.

Kettle Corn did the bulk of his running in California for owner C R K Stable and trainer John Sadler. He was originally campaigned in the Midwest by breeder Jim Plemmons and trainer George Leonard III.

“Kettle Corn was a very talented horse who ran hard every time I put a saddle on him,” Sadler said. “He has exceptional balance and is a very correct horse that I think has many of the intangibles needed to make a sire, the speed that he could finish his races with is a rarity today. I know the owners (CRK stable) and myself will be supporting him at stud. I don’t know much about the Ohio program but they are getting one very talented stallion prospect.”

Bred in Kentucky by Plemmons, Kettle Corn is out of winning Lil E. Tee mare Somethingbeautiful, who is the dam of six winners from as many foals to race. His second dam is multiple Argentine graded stakes winner Bubali.

Kettle Corn will participate in Fair Winds’ “Share the Upside” incentive program. He will be available for inspection at Fair Winds Farm after Dec. 18.

“We are just beyond excited to be able to stand a horse like this at our farm,” said Kimpton Williams, owner of Fair Winds Farm. “I can’t think of a more talented racehorse to ever retire to Ohio. He is going to be amazing value to breeders in the region when you consider he defeated the likes of Grade 1 winners Paynter, Richard’s Kid, Dullahan, Jeranimo, Jaycito, Liaison, and Awesome Gem.

“We have already sold several Share the Upsides to some of our longtime clients  and many friends and breeders from Kentucky have already contacted us about breeding to him ever since we finalized the deal late last month,” Williams continued. “With the significant new VLT revenue coming into the Ohio breeding and racing program things are definitely popping in Ohio. We look forward to breeding many of our own mares to him as well.”