Pleasantly Perfect, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Pleasantly Perfect, winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Mike Corrado

Pleasantly Perfect, Action This Day Work Toward 2004 Debuts

Diamond A Racing Corporation's Pleasantly Perfect, last seen winning the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), continues down the road to his first start since winning on the World Thoroughbred Championship card by working six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 with jockey Alex Solis aboard at Santa Anita Tuesday morning.

The move was the second-fastest of nine who went the distance over the fast main track on the day. Pleasantly Perfect, who has won six of his 13 career starts, with two seconds and a third, for earnings of $2,848,880, is being pointed toward the grade II San Antonio. A nine-furlong dirt event for 4-year-olds and up worth $250,000, the San Antonio is set to be contested at Santa Anita on Saturday, Jan 31.

"It was a nice work," trainer Richard Mandella said. "He's right on target for the San Antonio."

In addition to the Breeders' Cup Classic, the 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony--Regal State, by Affirmed, won the 2002 and 2003 renewals of the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) and was third in last year's San Antonio.

Mandella also sent out B. Wayne Hughes' Action This Day for a workout and the colt earned a mile in 1:39 2/5 with jockey David Flores in the irons. The Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) hero, an Eclipse Finalist as the best 2-year-old colt or gelding of 2003. is expected to make his sophomore debut in the Jan. 17 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II).

"He went a nice, easy mile in (a minute and) 39," said Mandella, also an Eclipse finalist as the year'stop conditioner. "He's doing very well. Everything is on track for him to start in the Santa Catalina."

Action This Day, a Kentucky-bred son of Kris S. and the Trempolino mare Najecam, has won two of his three career starts, with a second in his debut, for earnings of $817,200.