Diamond A Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect, who will attempt to defend his title in the $4-million Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), arrived at Dallas' Love Field at 10:15 (CT) Monday morning from California, and was loaded for bear after arriving at the barn.
If trainer Dick Mandella was hoping to have a nice easy walk around the shed, he was mistaken, as Pleasantly Perfect dragged him around for a half-hour, then took several stiff rolls in his wood shavings before attacking his hay rack.
"Whew, I really worked up a sweat," Mandella said. "I'm glad he's starting to settle down a little. Normally he's pretty quiet and mellow in his stall, but he's really feeling good."
As soon as owner Gerald Ford arrived, the son of Pleasant Colony took another roll and began charging around his stall before ripping into his hay rack once again.
Although dusty from the trip, Pleasantly Perfect still made an awesome appearance. His coat, despite the plane ride, was bright and full of dapples. He was the last horse unloaded from the plane, and rightfully so, as he made a grand exit, dwarfing the other Breeders' Cup horses. This is truly a magnificent specimen, and if he runs to his looks, he is going to take a lot of beating on Saturday.
Also arriving for the Classic on Monday was Perfect Drift, following a 13-hour van ride from Kentucky, and the Japanese invader, Personal Rush, who was on the same plane as Pleasantly Perfect.
Another Classic horse who made a grand appearance Monday was Roses in May, who was out for a twice-around jog. The nearly black colt gets the award for best coat. Trainers Dale Romans is very confident the son of Devil His Due
is sitting on the race of his life.