Pleasantly Perfect Injured and Retired

Pleasantly Perfect, who finished third in defense of his title in the Breeders' Cup Classic--Powered by Dodge (gr. I), has been retired from racing after suffering an undetermined injury to the "left hind ankle." The 6-year-old son of Pleasant Colony is scheduled to arrive at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., in a week or 10 days. Lane's End bought an interest in Pleasantly Perfect's breeding rights in late September from Gerald Ford's Diamond A Racing Corp. and later announced a $40,000 stud fee.

"Trainer Richard Mandella thought Pleasantly Perfect kicked the starting gate," Farish said. "There's nothing seriously wrong with the horse, but he would miss a week or 10 days in preparation for the Japan Cup (Jpn-I)."

Pleasantly Perfect retired as racing's fourth-leading money winner, with earnings of $7,789,880. He won nine of 18 races, including this year's Pacific Classic Stakes (gr. I), Emirates Airlines Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), and San Antonio Handicap (gr. II). His victory in last year's Classic was one of four Breeders' Cup wins on the card for Mandella.

Bred by Robin Scully's Clovelly Farms and a $725,000 Keeneland September yearling, Pleasant Perfect is out of the group I stakes-winning Affirmed mare Regal State.

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