Second Works of the Week for Mandella Pair
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 2/20/2004 6:15:03 PM

Pleasantly Perfect, had second workout of the week on Friday.
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Edited from Santa Anita reports
With rain forecast over much of the next few days, Mandella accelerated the work schedules of Pleasantly Perfect and male 2-year-old colt champion Action This Day, working both Friday.

Pleasantly Perfect, who worked seven furlongs Monday in 1:25.40 under Alex Solis, worked six furlongs Friday with Solis aboard in company with Middleweight. Each was clocked in 1:17. Pleasantly Perfect is working toward the $1-million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on March 6.

Action This Day, ridden by Crystal Brown, worked four furlongs in company with Waki Indy. Each was timed in :50.60. Action This Day worked three furlongs Tuesday in :36.80.

"I only worked him three days later because I'm trying to beat the rain," Mandella said. "That's why today's work was so slow, because he just worked three days ago. I'm working back early because I don't want to be stuck in the rain. It's supposed to rain the next five days or so. This was to get us by and we'll have a serious workout next time."

San Pasqual Handicap winner Star Cross worked five furlongs in 1:00.80. "He went fine, very easy," said trainer Darrell Vienna.

Probable for the Santa Anita Handicap: Buddy Gil, Domestic Dispute, Olmodavor, Pleasantly Perfect, Royal Place, Saint Buddy, Sarava, Southern Image, Star Cross and Toccet.

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