Grade I Winner Kicken Kris to Japan

Kicken Kris, a grade I winner for Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable, has been sold for stallion duty to Hidaka Breeders Association in Japan. The 5-year-old son of Kris S. arrived in Japan Jan. 12.

"Mrs. Moran's preference was to stand him over here, but she received the maximum offer from the Japanese breeders," said Central Kentucky horseman Reiley McDonald, who represented Moran in the deal.

Bred by Valerie Naify, Kicken Kris was one of racing's top turf runners in 2003-2004. He captured four graded stakes and placed in four other stakes, three of which were graded, those two years. His big wins came in the 2003 Secretariat Stakes (gr. IT) and the 2004 Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT), in which he was moved up to first following a disqualification.

Kicken Kris, who was produced from the Jade Hunter mare Kicken Grass, retired with six wins from 19 starts and earnings of $1,326,600. Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International acted as agent for Hidaka.