Red Desire romps to victory at Shuka-sho


No. 2 favorite Red Desire turned in a turbo performance to capture the Shuka-sho on Sunday, the final leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies.

Red Desire crossed the line at Kyoto Racecourse in 1 minute, 58.2 seconds to earn the top prize of ¥89 million and her first Grade One title.

“I could hear footsteps (by Buena Vista) coming from the outside but I stayed aggressive on her until the end,” said jockey Hirofumi Shii. “The stable trainers really got her prepared. This is a very happy victory.”

Third favorite Broad Street took second while third went to top favorite Buena Vista, who was making a bid for a Triple Crown sweep after winning the Oka-sho and the Japanese Oaks titles but was demoted from second for obstruction after she cut across the field.

Red Desire jostled for position in the middle of the pack before making her move down the final stretch and staving off all challengers. Buena Vista came within a nose of Red Desire at the line before her demotion.

Red Desire paid out ¥320 on a ¥100 wager.