Red Desire (Jpn) is a Group 1 winner on turf in her native Japan,
and she notched a Group 2 win against males on the synthetic Tapeta
Footings surface at Meydan Racecourse this March. On Saturday, the
four-year-old filly appeared at home on the dirt at Churchill Downs in
a sharp five-furlong workout in 1:00.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux rode the Manhattan Cafe filly in preparation
for a start in either the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare
Turf (G1), her connections’ listed first preference, or Emirates
Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).
Desormeaux also was aboard in Red Desire’s third-place finish in the
Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (G1) on October 2 at Belmont Park in
her North American debut.
She impressed Desormeaux on Saturday as the filly recorded the second fastest time of 41 workouts at the distance.