Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Pleasantly Perfect worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Santa Anita Tuesday morning with regular rider Alex Solis in the saddle in company with stablemate Middleweight, who also logged a final time of 1:01. The two works were the 24th fastest of 41 who went five-eighths on the day.
Tuesday's move was the first for the 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony--Regal State (by Affirmed) since he captured the Jan. 31 San Antonio Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) by a widening four lengths.
According to trainer Richard Mandella, Pleasantly Perfect is on track for his next start in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 6, with plans after that 1 1/4-mile event up in the air.
"Everything's on track for the Big Cap," Mandella said. "(After that) Dubai is a possibility."
Pleasantly Perfect has bankrolled $3,099,800 with a record of 14-7-2-1.
Annother notable name on Santa Anita's worktab Tuesday was Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) hero Bluesthestandard, who fired a bullet three furlongs in :35 1/5. The Ted H. West trainee is gearing up for a probable start in the Mar. 7 San Carlos Handicap (gr. II), a seven-furlong main track test that carries a purse of $200,000.
Padua Stables' Class Above, unraced since her seventh-place finish in the Oct. 25 Breeders‚ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), went a half-mile in :46 2/5 under regular exercise rider Dana Barnes. The Quiet American
filly was expected to make her 3-year-old debut in the Feb. 15 Las Virgenes Stakes (gr. I), but will skip the race, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Baffert did say the filly is definitely being pointed to the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with at least one or possibly two prep events, although which races haven't been decided. Class Above won the Sept. 13 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies by 16 lengths in her second career start.
Likely Las Virgenes favorite A. P. Adventure worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5, handily, across town at Hollywood Park for trainer Wally Dollase. The Bob and Beverly Lewis color-bearer won the Santa Ynez Stakes (gr. III) in her last start and remains undefeated in two career starts.
Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) runner-up Buffythecenterfold went seven furlongs in 1:26 at Santa Anita.