No San Bernardino for Pleasantly Perfect

(from track report)
Problem-plagued Pleasantly Perfect will miss Saturday's $150,000 San Bernardino Handicap (Gr. II).

"It looks like he's got a bruise in his right front foot," trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday morning. "I don't know how much time it will cost him. It just came up. A lot of things could happen, abscesses and bruises, we just have to see what happens in a few days. We'll poultice it and it will either go away as a bruise or break out as an abscess."

The 5-year-old son of Pleasant Colony ran a credible third in the San Antonio (gr. II) in early February, but was a flat fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 1. Prior to that had been out of action since Oct. 6. An Illinois bleeders' rule kept him from running in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington on Oct. 26. The Diamond A Racing Corp. standout has had just 11 races in his career.

Mandella said his turf stars, The Tin Man and Johar are nearing returns. The Tin Man is being pointed to the Jim Murray (April 30) at Hollywood Park. Johar, he said, "had a scan done a day or so ago but I haven't heard the results of it. He's at The Thoroughbred Corp. farm right now. But he shouldn't be out too much longer."

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