Prominent Japanese stallion Real Shadai died of hyposthenia caused by laminitis in his right hind leg. A French group winner for Zenya Yoshida, Real Shadai stood at the Yoshida family's Shadai Stallion Station from 1984 to 2000 and continued to reside there prior to his death on May 26. The son of Roberto out of champion Desert Vixen (by In Reality) was 25.
Yoshida bought Real Shadai for $360,000 at the 1980 Keeneland July yearling sale and won the 1982 Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-II) with him. Real Shadai, who was bred by North Ridge Farm, placed in three French group stakes that year, including the Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I, French Derby).
Real Shadai was Japan's leading sire and leading sire of 2-year-olds in 1993. His progeny has earned $112 million and include champion and classic winner Shadai Kagura.