CRK Stable's multiple graded stakes winner Kettle Corn, has been retired from racing due to a ligament injury and will enter stud for the 2014 season at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, Ohio. Kettle Corn a son of Candy Ride will stand for $3,000 stands and nurses and will participate in the “Share the Upside” program.
Said John Sadler his trainer “Kettle Corn was a very talented horse who ran hard every time I put a saddle on him. 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.”
Kimpton “Kim” Williams owner of Fair Winds Farm said when reached for comment “We are just beyond excited to be able to stand a horse like this at our farm. I can't think of a more talented racehorse to ever retire to Ohio. He won a G2 and G3 and was second twice this year in G1 races to Game on Dude. 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. 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.”
Kettle Corn won on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces. He ran above a 100 Beyer eight times in his career including a freakish 112 Beyer in this year's Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) when he was 2nd in a narrow defeat to Game on Dude. Kettle Corn retires with a record of 8-6-5 from 26 starts and earnings of $853,361. For further information regarding Kettle Corn breeders can call Kim Williams at (937) 604-6603 or go to www.kettlecornohio.com. Kettle Corn will be available for inspection at Fair Winds Farm after December 18th. The stallion deal was brokered by Oracle Bloodstock.
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