Pleasantly Perfect Gears Up for Pacific Classic

(from Del Mar notes)
Pleasantly Perfect had trainer Richard Mandella smiling after seeing the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner work a sharp five furlongs in one minute flat Tuesday. Pleasantly Perfect, second in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II), is preparing for Del Mar's $1 million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Aug. 22.

"He went real nice," Mandella said. "We didn't intend to do anything that would be testing. Next week we'll do a little more." The Diamond A Racing-owned 6-year-old son of 1981 Kentucky Derby winner Pleasant Colony will have one more serious work before the Pacific Classic.

The Del Mar clocker team noted that Pleasantly Perfect, winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Classic and 2004 Dubai World Cup, shaded 24 seconds for the final quarter-mile with a work mate.

During fired a bullet during a sizzling five-furlong drill on Tuesday. The 4-year-old Cherokee Run colt blazed the distance in :58 3/5 as he moved closer to the Pacific Classic. During turned in a creditable third-place finish behind Choctaw Nation and Pleasantly Perfect in the Aug. 1 San Diego in his first start since finishing sixth in the Godolphin Mile (UAE-I) in Dubai March 27.