Pacific Classic S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 10f ,)
Pleasant Colony Regal State , by Affirmed
BClovelly Farms, KY.; ODiamond A Racing Corporation; TRichard E. Mandella
Dynaformer Nice Gal , by Naskra
BStonecrest Farm, KY.; OStonecrest Farm; TMurray W. Johnson
Total Impact (CHI)
Stuka Pebbles (CHI) , by Manos de Piedra
BHaras Don Alberto, CHI.; OAl Kabeer, Sultan Mohammed Saud and Bridport, S. A.; TLaura De Seroux
Pleasantly Perfect keeps inching closer to Cigar’s all-time North American earnings mark of $9,999,815. The $600,000 he earned in winning the Aug. 22 Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I) at Del Mar upped his earnings to $7,349,880 and moved him past Captain Steve and Silver Charm and some $65,000 short of fourth-place member Smarty Jones. Another victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), which was worth $2,080,000 when he won it last year, will vault him to third behind Cigar and Skip Away.
A 6-year-old trained by Richard Mandella, Pleasantly Perfect is at an age at which many top horses are standing at stud. Gerald Ford, who races Pleasantly Perfect in the name of Diamond A Racing Corp., is beginning to think seriously about Pleasantly Perfect’s status for next year.
“He’s a healthy horse, and there’s nothing more exciting than racing them. That’s the best part of the business,” Ford said. “I have received inquiries and serious proposals, both domestically and foreign, about standing him at stud for next year. I have focused on his racing career, but now I’m going to have to start thinking about next year. The math part points to retiring him, but we’ll have to see.”
Ford, who races additional 2004 grade I winner Noches De Rosa, bought Pleasantly Perfect for $725,000 at the 1999 Keeneland September yearling sale from the horse’s breeder, Robin Scully’s Clovelly Farm. Located near Lexington, Clovelly is home to Pleasantly Perfect’s dam, Regal State, who produced a Lemon Drop Kid filly this year. The mare is not in foal.
Clovelly has Pleasantly Perfect’s 3-year-old half-brother, winner Swagger Stick, with trainer John Dunlop in England. Two-year-old half-brother unraced Cavalry Charge is with Mandella in Southern California.
Deceased Pleasant Colony, sire of Pleasantly Perfect, has sired 77 stakes winners, including additional 2004 stakes winners Colonial Colony (gr. I; sixth in the Pacific Classic), Spanish Empire (gr. III), and State Shinto (UAE-III). Pleasant Colony died in December of 2002 at George Grayson’s Blue Ridge Farm near Upperville, Va.—D.S.