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Oct 30, 2003

Breeders' Cup Classic goes to Plesantly Perfect

Arcadia, CA (Sports Network) - Trainer Richard Mandella saddled his fourth winner of the afternoon when Pleasantly Perfect rolled to victory in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. The longshot covered the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.88.

Mandella, one of the best thoroughbred trainers around, earlier won the Juvenile Fillies, Juvenile and his horse dead-heated in the Turf.

Pleasantly Perfect came from well off the pace to capture the Classic by 1 1/2 lengths. Medaglia d'Oro finished second after setting the pace along with Congaree. Dynever got up for third in the nine-horse field, and Congaree faded to fourth.

Pleasantly Perfect is owned by Diamond A Racing and was ridden to victory by Alex Solis. Solis also rode Johar to the dead-heat finish in the Turf. The win in the Classic was worth $2 million to bring the five-year-old's career winnings to $2.9 million.

Pleasantly Perfect returned $30.40, $9.60 and $6.60. Medaglia d'Oro paid $4.40 and $3.60, and Dynever paid $7.40 for show.

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