10/15/2013 2:50PM

Kettle Corn retired with an injury

Benoit & Associates
Kettle Corn, winner of the San Diego Handicap, has been retired to stud.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Kettle Corn, winner of two graded stakes on synthetic tracks in the last two years, has been retired to stud because of a recent injury, trainer John Sadler said.

The injury was detected following a seventh-place finish by the 6-year-old Kettle Corn in the Grade 2 John Henry Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sept. 29. Owned by Lee and Susan Searing, Kettle Corn won 8 of 26 starts and earned $853,361.

Sadler said earlier this week that discussions are under way between the Searings and farm owners in California and “the Midwest” regarding stallion plans for Kettle Corn, who is by Candy Ride.

“He had a good run,” Sadler said. “We’re in the process of getting him a good place. We’ve got two or three lines in the water.”

Kettle Corn was purchased privately by the Searings and sent to Sadler in 2011 from the Illinois circuit. Kettle Corn won the Grade 3 Native Diver Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in December 2011. In 2012, Kettle Corn was winless in seven stakes, including a third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Earlier this year, Kettle Corn won the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar. He also was second in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic and third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Brenda Benavidez More than 1 year ago
Why do they keep saying he was 3rd in the Hollywood Gold Cup? That was last year, this year he was 2nd. Anyways, you gave your best to the track. Now give the best to your career as a stud. Wish you the best & a healthy happy life, enjoy your retirement boy! :)
Bill Wil More than 1 year ago
Thanks Kettle Corn. Well done. Relax & enjoy your retirement!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
There really wasn't going to be a place for Kettle Corn on the SoCal circuit. Kettle Corn is a synth horse. He was capable on the Del Mar poly, but quite good on the Hollywood Cushion. Sadler kept him off dirt, and his turf efforts were less than inspiring. Had they kept him in training, they could have pointed him for a 2nd Native Diver win the final Hollywood meet this fall, but then that's it for Hollywood. It would be 6+ months of dirt at Santa Anita, before the Del Mar poly reprieve, but then back to dirt at Fairplex and Santa Anita, a few weeks back at Del Mar in the late fall before a few weeks on the Los Al dirt and then the long Santa Anita meet. They would have to target those Del Mar races and hope he can be healthy and sharp for them. At 7, that would be a dubious proposition. With Kettle Corn's excellent synth form, it would make sense to stand him in a state that has at least some synth racing. California, where he has the greatest name recognition, would make sense even with Hollywood's closing because there is also Golden Gate up north that has a synth surface. Kentucky would also qualify, but that might be too competitive a market. Illinois, with Arlington's synth surface, is logical as is Pennsylvania with Presque Isle. Canada with Woodbine's synth woiuld also be possible.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I guess as far as modern American thourobreds go KETTLE CORN was better than most he ran 26 times and ran until age 6 and is not a gelding. for a son of CANDY RIDE that's not bad..kind of sad of sad though compared to some of the horses of the past SECRETARIAT only ran 21 times but won 16 and did in two seasons,he ran 9 times as a 2yo and 12 as a 3yo...CITATION ran 45 times and won 32.including 19 wins in 20 races as a 3yo...KELSO ran 63 times in 8 seasons winning 39...FOREGO ran 57 won 34 that after winning half of his 18 starts as a 2yo...SPECTACULAR BID won 26 out of 30 starts while setting speed records at various tracks and distances...Buckpasser won 25 out of 31 including 13 of 14 as a 3yo and 9 of 11 as a 2yo...ROUND TABLE won 43 races from 66 starts running up to 22 times in a single season...more recently horses like CIGAR and BOLD RULER ran 33 times each winning 19 and 23...JOHN HENRY of course ran 83 times and won 39....SEABISCUT won 33 of his 89 starts..if horses today had that kind of durability and ability a lot more people would make the trip to the track.
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Hail No More than 1 year ago
Come on DRF, WTF, how can you not purge these discussion boards with SPAM?!?
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
agreed, hail no. "marilyn" etal should learn that we punters may be suckers, but we're not all of us saps. why does DRF persist in giving space to these cons?
Lefty More than 1 year ago
No! I refuse to accept this! He needs to defeat his arch nemesis Game On Dude before he retires to a life of leisure!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Game on dude wants to know what's his name again? Arch enemy?LOL
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
HEY ImIKeY - Anytime a Racehorse makes it 'HOME' safe... it's good news.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Plus 100. They don't have to run 12 times a year. There is not enough good purses for a star horse to run 12 times a year. Especially older. Travel, food and medication. Please
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
If star guitar gets a commercial then kettle corn deserves one. Hook him up TVG
M More than 1 year ago
Graded stakes winner, multiple graded stakes placed by Candy Ride, he'll have a good shot as a regional stallion. If he is proven as a sire, his earnings in breeding could eclipse his track earnings many times over.
mikey More than 1 year ago
They are droping like flys.Ecery day another so called real good horse retired.Stop breeding these glass like horses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
26 starts - 6 year old. Not glass.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I guess he has to race 30 times for mikey.lol
mikey More than 1 year ago
Icome from the glory days of the 60's.When Kelso. gun bow Dr fager ran many time a year Sorry for being ols school.wHAT ABOUT dULLAHAN AND pletcher babies retired after 6 or 7 races.
Gunner More than 1 year ago
"wHAT ABOUT dULLAHAN AND "... Step away from the meds (or whatever you're on) mikey. Remove the Cap Lock button. The article is about Kettle Corn, who only raced twice before age 4 - so he had some physical issues. A Grade 2 winner at age 6 is good in anyone's book. You are so "all over the place" that (perhaps) you need to just get away from a keyboard.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
its 2013 in case you haven't checked. Get on with it. Well back in my day we walked to school barefoot in the snow for miles and we liked it.
Starr D More than 1 year ago
So it was the "glory" days when horses were over raced? I'm sorry but running horses more than once in a single week or every few weeks and totalling 15-20 OR MORE starts in a year is NOT a good thing! They have gone too far the other way now days I agree - but "the good ole days" weren't always that great if you were the horse!
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Starr D you might want to look at Claimers then because most of them make well over 10 -20 starts a year. I know one who had 17 starts in one year and didn't race until June of that year and another who had 22 starts on the year...and both were/are sound as a dollar. Most of the top horses can be just as good as these guys but their connections treat them like glass, hence they run and ship like glass...FRAGILE, handle with care...