Pleasantly Perfect Puts on Show at Nad Al Sheba

Pleasantly Perfect Puts on Show at Nad Al Sheba
Photo: AP/Kamran Jebreili
Pleasantly Perfect, on the track at Nad Al Sheba Monday as he prepared for the Dubai World Cup.
By Jason Ford
Even though he did little but gallop around the Nad al Sheba dirt track on Monday morning, Pleasantly Perfect put on a show for a throng including owner Gerald Ford and trainer Richard Mandella, as he prepared for his run in the $6,000,000 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.

Swallowing up the ground with huge strides, the massive bay was a study in power.

"He looks great," said Ford, who added that he is looking forward to the opportunity to match his horse, who already has earned $3,099,880 in a relatively brief career, against international competitors.

Exercise rider Crystal Brown said that Pleasantly Perfect seems to be enjoying his new surroundings. "He's happy and he's settling in," Brown called out as a relaxed Pleasantly Perfect ambled leisurely off the track.

Exercise rider Jose Cuevas reported on Monday morning that Medaglia d'Oro "came back good" from his Sunday workout in which he was partnered with During, the Bob Baffert representative in the $1,000,000 Godolphin Mile (UAE-II).

Medaglia d'Oro walked in the quarantine barn area Monday and is scheduled to return
to Nad al Sheba for a jog on Tuesday morning.

Domestic Dispute and Fleetstreet Dancer, the other American-based World Cup contenders, also took it fairly easy on Monday. The former walked after his Sunday workout on the turf and the latter jogged.

The only American-based horse to work out on Monday was Prestonwood Farm's Tsigane, who breezed five-eighths of a mile in 58.44 seconds, getting the final 400 meters in :24.83 seconds. Trainer Julio Canani was on hand to supervise the move by the 5-year-old.

"He is a horse that is training unbelievable on the dirt," said a beaming Canani, who will send Tsigane out to battle some of the world's top sprinters in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) on dirt, even though the horse has run all of his 25 races on turf.

"You can't win if you're not there," Canani said of his decision.

Tsigane placed in three stakes in France before being sent to the United States last year. In his second U. S. start, he won at Santa Anita Park on February 15, covering 6.5 furlongs in 1:12.49 on a firm course.

One of Tsigane's primary Golden Shaheen rivals, grade III winner Alke, also took a spin around Nad al Sheba on Monday. Michael McCarthy, an assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said the 4-year-old was just sent out for an open gallop, but clockers timed his last 400m in 25.34.

"He seems to like it here," McCarthy said. "He's held his weight, he looks good, and he is eager to train."

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