INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 17, 2011)—Kettle Corn completed a triple for jockey Joel Rosario and trainer John Sadler, rallying from well off the pace to win the $52,350 feature by a half-length Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Winning for the third time in five starts on a synthetic surface, Kettle Corn, the 5-2 second choice in a field of six, completed the 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track in 1:50.49.
Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, the 4-year-old Candy Ride colt out of the Lil E. Tee mare Somethingbeautiful won for the fifth time in 11 outings. He increased his earnings to $111,891.
Two of Kettle Corn’s victories have come in four races since being privately purchased by his current connections earlier in the year.
The defending titlist at the Autumn meet, Rosario has nine winners through the first five days, leaving him three ahead of Joe Talamo.
In addition to Kettle Corn, Rosario and Sadler also teamed for victories with first time starter Unusual Hottie in the second and Coluda, who led throughout to capture the fourth.
Seeking his third Autumn training championship in five years, Sadler leads Bob Baffert 5-4 with 21 days remaining. Sadler topped the standings in 2007 and 2009.
Campaigned in Indiana and Illinois before joining the Sadler stable, Kettle Corn paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.20
Dynamic Host, a 7-1 shot who gained the lead early in the stretch, returned $5.80 and $3.60. The show price on Uncle Sam, the 8-5 favorite who finished 1 ¾ lengths behind Dynamic Host, was $2.60.
Making his first start since finishing second behind Great Warrior in the Pomona Derby Sept. 24 at Fairplex Park, Uncle Sam sat second behind longshot Commander for most of the journey, took over approaching the final quarter mile, but didn’t offer much resistance under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Commander, who opened a four length advantage through a 46.74 half mile, wound up fourth, 11 ¾ lengths behind Uncle Sam. Java Man, the other Sadler trainee, and Bonfire Knight completed the order of finish.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela was taken off his five mounts by Hollywood Park stewards Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer and Tom Ward after he failed to appear Thursday. Valenzuela, 49, won twice the first four days of the meet.
Racing will resume Friday. Post time is 7:05 p.m.
At the conclusion of the card – approximately 10:30 p.m. – a concert starring Rebelution will begin at the North Park Lawn.
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