01/20/2005 1:00AM

Yes It's True colt leads successful OBS sale

Kicken Kris, a multiple graded stakes winner, will stand at stud in Japan.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Ocala Breeders' Sales Company closed out its four-day winter mixed sale in Ocala, Fla., Thursday with overall gains in gross and average price.

A $200,000 Yes It's True-Hollow Design yearling colt topped the sale on Tuesday during the last of two consignor-preferred sessions. Athens Woods LLC purchased the colt from Dean and Peggy Johnson's Johnson Hollow Farm, agent.

Together, the two consignor-preferred sessions and two open sessions sold 684 horses for a total of $8,929,600, producing an average price of $13,055. Both figures easily outpaced last year's auction, which included a major reduction of Irish Acres bloodstock. The 2004 auction sold 690 horses for $7,864,000, yielding an average price of $11,397.

The buy-back rate for the consignor-preferred sessions rose from 26 percent to 32 percent, but it remained level with last year's figure of 24 percent during the open sessions.

At Thursday's final session this year, consigning agent Johnson Hollow struck again with another six-figure lot. This time it was the 14-year-old broodmare Disclaimed, who sold for $100,000 to Second Wind Racing LLC. An unraced Affirmed mare, she is the dam of stakes-placed Call Fiorello and is carrying a foal by Yes It's True.

Disclaimed is out of Grade 1 winner Golden Horde, by Cazaravich.

Kicken Kris retired, sent to Japan

Kicken Kris, winner of the Arlington Million and Secretariat Handicap, has retired from racing and already has arrived in Japan, where he will stand for the Hidaka Breeding Association beginning in 2005.

Owner Elizabeth Moran, who campaigned Kicken Kris, 5-year-old son of Kris, in the name of her Brushwood Stable, has sold the horse to the Japanese breeders' group.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Moran said, "Kris gave us so many wonderful moments" and that trainer Michael Matz "did a great job with him.

"Late last fall, following his last race in the Turf Classic, Kris was diagnosed with a chip in an ankle, and we felt that his future in racing could possibly be compromised.

"I so wanted to keep him in the United States, but this is a business after all, and the highest offer came from Japanese interests."

Kicken Kris is best known for claiming the 2004 Arlington Million victory after Powerscourt's disqualification and for capturing the 2003 Secretariat Handicap by 3 1/2 lengths. Both races are Grade 1 events. Kicken Kris also won the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap in 2004 and the Grade 3 Lawrence Realization Handicap in 2003. He placed in four other stakes, including the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap last year and Hollywood Derby in 2003. He retires with a lifetime record of 6-3-3 from 19 starts and $1,326,600 in earnings.

Bred by Valerie Naify, Kicken Kris is out of the stakes-placed Jade Hunter mare Kicken Grass. He sold for $400,000 as a yearling at the 2001 Keeneland September auction. Kicken Kris last ran in the Turf Classic at Belmont on Oct. 2, finishing sixth behind Kitten's Joy.

Commendable, Exploit sold to Koreans

Also leaving central Kentucky: Commendable, winner of the 2000 Belmont Stakes. An 8-year-old Gone West horse, Commendable stood at Mill Ridge Farm in Lexington but has been sold to the Korean Racing Association.

The Korean Racing Association recently also bought a CloverLeaf Farms stallion, Exploit, and intends to stand both Commendable and Exploit in South Korea. The two are in quarantine, according to Richard Cross of Narvick International, which brokered the deal.

"They bought both of them at the same time," Cross said. "Exploit is in Florida, and Commendable is in Kentucky at Mill Ridge. The plan is for them to leave the country on Jan. 27."

In addition to his Belmont victory, Commendable also finished second in the Super Derby and third in the Travers. He earned $907,470 from a 2-1-1 race record in 12 starts. His first crop of runners were juveniles last season. He is a son of the In Reality mare Bought Twice.

Exploit, by Storm Cat, was a top 10 North American second-crop sire last year.