Pleasantly Perfect, who finished third in defense of his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I), has been retired from racing after suffering an injury to the left hind ankle. The 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony is scheduled to arrive at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., in a week or 10 days. Lane's End bought an interest in Pleasantly Perfect's breeding rights in late September from Gerald Ford's Diamond A Racing Corp. and later announced a $40,000 stud fee.
"Trainer Richard Mandella thought Pleasantly Perfect kicked the starting gate," Farish said. "There's nothing seriously wrong with the horse, but he would miss a week or 10 days in preparation for the Japan Cup (Jpn-I)."
Pleasantly Perfect retired as racing's fourth-leading money winner, with earnings of $7,789,880. He won nine of 18 races, including this year's Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I), Emirates Airlines Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), and San Antonio Handicap (gr. II). Bred by Robin Scully's Clovelly Farms and a $725,000 Keeneland September yearling, Pleasant Perfect is out of the group I stakes-winning Affirmed mare Regal State.