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JM | Oct 3, 2022

Veteran sire, Kettle Corn relocated to Jamaica

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Sired 42 winners with combined progeny earnings of more than US$2.8 million

Orange Valley Estates. (Photo: Facebook @OrangeValleyEstatesLtd)

Kettle Corn, a grade-2 winner and veteran sire in Ohio has been relocated to Orange Valley Estates in Trelawny, Jamaica.

Orange Valley Estates made the announcement on social media.

North America’s leading independent horse racing publication, Paulick Report, says Kettle Corn was relocated to Jamaica over the summer.

The 15-year-old son of Candy Ride previously stood at Fair Winds Farm in Waynesville, Ohio, where he has been resided since retiring to stud for the 2014 breeding season. 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. Kettle Corn has consistently been on the fringes of the top 10 among Ohio sires by annual progeny earnings.

Kettle Corn. (Photo: John C. Engelhardt/bloodhorse.com)

From six crops of racing age, Kettle Corn has sired 42 winners and brought in combined progeny earnings of more than US$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 US$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 US$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 would 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.

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