Pleasantly Perfect will miss BC Classic.

Pleasantly Perfect will miss BC Classic.

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Illinois Bleeders Rule to Keep Pleasantly Perfect Out of BC Classic

By Lenny Shulman and
Steve Haskin

Pleasantly Perfect, impressive winner of the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap on Oct. 6, will not be permitted to run in the Breeders' Cup Classic due to the bleeders rule in the state of Illinois.

The colt was discovered to have bled from the nostrils in the Goodwood, and because he had previously bled in a workout last February, he is a two-time bleeder, which means he is not allowed to race in Illinois for 30 days after his last bleeding episode.

Trainer Richard Mandella said the horse had never bled after a race until the Goodwood and that the colt's lungs were X-rayed and came up clean.

"We think it was a one-time thing," Mandella said. "We don't know 100% for sure if it did or didn't happen in the race, but we've done our homework--x-rayed his lungs and 'scoped him out of gallops, and he's been perfectly clean. I wouldn't have done anything with him without looking for bleeding, and if we'd have seen a speck we wouldn't have gone (in the race)."

Citing the Illinois rule that differs from rules in other jurisdictions, Mandella said he would like to see more uniformity with regard to medication rules. Coincidentally, Mandella was in Lexington, Ky. on Tuesday to attend an American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting on medication.

"It could be the best thing for the horse, but it does point out there are flaws in the system too," Mandella said. "Hopefully things like this can be made a little more consistent from state to state. That's what this program is about that I'm in Lexington for today."