Mandella Non-Committal on Cup Winners
by Ron Mitchell
Date Posted: 10/27/2003 11:11:50 AM

Pleasantly Perfect, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Photo: Mike Corrado
Trainer Richard Mandella remained non-committal Sunday about plans for his four Breeders' Cup winners, including Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I).

With his Classic victory, Diamond A. Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect has won six of 13 lifetime starts and earned $2,949,880. The 5-year-old son of Pleasant Colony has won Santa Anita's Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) each of the last two years.

Mandella, who saddled a record four Breeders' Cup winners at Santa Anita on Saturday, said all of his horses came out of their races fine. He said it is unlikely that any of Saturday's victors will race again this year, but that plans have not been finalized.

The low-key hard-working Mandella, watching his horses exercise at Santa Anita Sunday morning, said his post-race celebration consisted of a "really nice dinner."

In addition to his record number of winners for a Breeders' Cup day program, Mandella also established a record $4,564,040 for Breeders' Cup day purses.

The tally:

--Pleasantly Perfect, $2,080,000, for winning the Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
--Action This Day, $780,000, for winning the Bessemer Trust Juvenile (gr. I).
--Johar, $763,200, for a dead-heat win in the John Deere Turf (gr. IT).
--Halfbridled, $520,000, for winning the Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
--Minister Eric, $300,000 for finishing second in the Juvenile.
--The Tin Man, $120,840 for finishing fourth in the Turf.

With the industry standard being 10% of purses going to the trainer, Mandella was asked if he had met with his accountant yet.

"I think workers' comp will take care of that," he said in a humorous reference to the high workers' compensation insurance premiums charged in California.

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