Kettle Corn wins Native Diver
Kettle Corn, a Grade 2 winner and veteran sire in Ohio, was moved to Orange Valley Estates in Trelawny, Jamaica over the summer, the farm announced on social media.
The 15-year-old son of Candy Ride previously stood at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, Ohio, where he’d resided since retiring to stud for the 2014 breeding season. He was consistently on the fringes of the top 10 among Ohio sires by annual progeny earnings.
From six crops of racing age, Kettle Corn has sired 42 winners and brought in combined progeny earnings of more than $2.8 million.
His top runner has been Funnel Cake, who won the Buckeye Native Stakes in 2019, and placed in a pair of other stakes races, with earnings of $240,555. Funnel Cake is his lone stakes winner to date, with other stakes-placed runners including Garrett, Captain Corn, Flint Corn, Silky Tassels, Forever Diamond, and Succotash.
During his own racing career, Kettle Corn won eight of 26 starts for earnings of $853,361.
Once a claiming-level horse racing in the Midwest as a homebred for Jim Plemmons, Kettle Corn’s fortunes changed wildly when he was sold to owner C R K Stable to be trained by John Sadler on the West Coast. He’d go on to win the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap in his stakes debut, and he’d later add the G2 San Diego Handicap, along with eight additional graded stakes placings.
Family-owned since 1955, Orange Valley Estates first opened its stallion operation in the 1960s. The farm is currently operated by Alec and Jacqui Henderson, who took over the reins from the farm founder, and Alec’s father, Ian Henderson in 1991.