Pleasantly Perfect

A Decade Later, Mandella Looks Back at Breeders’ Cup Grand Slam

Proud though he is, Richard Mandella doesn’t boast about the fact that he made racing history in 2003 when he won four of eight Breeders’ Cup races. Ten years ago this Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, Mandella accomplished perhaps the sport’s greatest single-day achievement when he sent out Pleasantly Perfect to win the Classic; Johar […]

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Robin Scully, Owner of Clovelly Farms, Dies at 89

Prominent owner and breeder Robin Scully, owner of Clovelly Farms, died July 12 in England, it has been reported by the Blood-Horse. He was 89. Scully owned Clovelly Farms near Lexington from 1959-2010, where he bred 125 winners, including nine grade/group I victors. Scully dispersed his bloodstock in the fall of 2010 and the following […]

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Rapid Redux gallops into history books

Rapid Redux galloped into the history books at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia with his 20th consecutive victory on Monday night, surpassing the previous modern-day North American Thoroughbred racing record of 19 wins in a row established by the once-beaten Horse of the Year, Zenyatta, and the undefeated New Mexico bred mare Peppers Pride. Ridden […]

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Frontrunning Rapid Redux rides 13-race winning streak

A five-year-old gelding named Rapid Redux has raced 11 times already this year, mainly in starter allowances.  He’s won every single one of them. In fact, Rapid Redux captured his last two races of 2010, so his winning streak now stands at 13 – at five different tracks, with five different jockeys, at six different […]

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Dam of Pleasantly Perfect, Regal State, dies

Regal State, whose son Pleasantly Perfect won the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Classic was euthanized Friday because of complications from old age.  She was 28.

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Quality Road to Stand for $35,000; Lane’s End Sets 2011 Stud Fees

Lane’s End has established a $35,000 live foal stud fee, payable when the foal stands and nurses, for multiple Grade 1 winner Quality Road, whose career ended on a disappointing note when last of 12 runners in the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6. The fee for the 4-year-old son of Elusive Quality–Kobla, by […]

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As Jeff Scott of The Saratogian asks, what do Curlin, Tiznow, Azeri, Mineshaft, Saint Liam, Zenyatta, Pleasantly Perfect and Informed Decision among others have in common? None of them raced as two-year-olds. Before the 2000’s, it was rare for an unraced two-year-old to have much success. But as Scott points out, the first decade of […]

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