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Kettle Corn Wins BHP Opening Day Feature

Kettle Corn beats Tres Borrachos in 2011 Native Diver Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Favored Kettle Corn earned his first victory of 2012 Thursday, outfinishing Akkadian to win the $57,008 opening day feature of Betfair Hollywood Park’s Autumn meet.

Exiting a fourth place finish in the Grade II Arroyo Seco Mile last month at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride saved ground while reserved off the moderate pace set by Oligarch, angled out for room in midstretch and prevailed by a neck as the even-money favorite.

The victory was the first for Kettle Corn, who was ridden by Garrett Gomez, since he captured the Grade III Native Diver Handicap at 8-1 last Dec. 3. The bay was 0-for-6 this year prior to Thursday for owner Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable and trainer John Sadler. The win was the 1,999th for Sadler in North America.

Winning for the first time on turf in his third race over the surface, Kettle Corn completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.75. His seventh career win in 19 starts was worth $33,600, pushing his bankroll to $364,111.

Kettle Corn, who finished third behind Game On Dude and Richard’s Kid in the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup in July, paid $4, $2.60 and $2.10.

A six time winner in 2011, Kettle Corn is expected to attempt to defend his title in the Native Diver, which will be run for the 34th time Dec. 1. No horse has won the race twice.

Akkadian, who finished a half-length in front of Oligarch, returned $3 and $2.40. The show price on Oligarch was $2.20. Thirtyfirststreet, who was a neck behind Oligarch, and 20-1 outsider Quindici Man completed the order of finish.

Eight different riders won opening day. Besides Gomez, the other winners were Juan Hernandez, Aaron Gryder, Agapito Delgadillo, Rafael Bejarano, Edwin Maldonado, Joe Talamo and Tyler Baze.

 

 

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Good for him. Love Kettle Corn, a sturdy competitive horse.

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