Robbins Pulling for Pleasantly Perfect

(from Santa Anita notes)
Jay Robbins, who made Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) history when he trained the great California-bred Tiznow to back-to-back victories in 2000-01, says Pleasantly Perfect "has an excellent chance" to match the feat Saturday.

The 59-year-old trainer did it with the great California-bred Tiznow in 2000 and again in 2001.

Trainer Richard Mandella will attempt to duplicate Robbins' achievement with Pleasantly Perfect, who upset the Classic field last year when Oak Tree hosted the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. The 59-year-old Robbins is pulling for Mandella.

"I think the horse has an excellent chance," Robbins said during a lull in Wednesday morning's storm at Santa Anita. "But I think you've got to be very lucky from one year to the next. You only get one chance at it. If anybody does it, I'd be happy to see Dick and his horse."

Meanwhile, Robbins said Tiznow is doing well at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he stands at stud.

"He's covered a full book the first three years," Robbins said. "I saw him in September. He looks good. He's doing well."