05/18/2011 10:41AM

Isn't He Perfect

Isn't He Perfect
Barbara D. Livingston
Date Track Race Finish Chart Distance Time BSF Video
6/11/11 BEL Belmont Stakes 12th 1 1/2 mile 2:30.88 63 Video
5/21/11 PIM Preakness 9th 1 3/16 mile 1:56.40 87 Video
4/23/11 AQU Jerome 5th 1 mile 1:36.80 80 Video
04/9/11 AQU Wood Memorial 5th 1 1/8 mile 1:49.80 84 Video

Isn't He Perfect

Owner: Kharag Stables
Trainer: Doodnauth Shivmangal
Record: 13-2-0-1
Best Beyer: 87
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp.
Tomlinson Distance Rating: 304

Auction: $27,000 juvenile (OBS Spring, 2010)
Dosage Profile: 1-10-13-0-2 (26)
Dosage Index: 2.06
Center of Distribution: 0.31



By Michael Hammersly

Had at least been trending the right way prior to his dull Preakness run. His work in the Grade 1 Wood (fifth) and Grade 2 Jerome (fifth) shows he does have some ability, and he was in the thick of the battle in midstretch of the Wood.

From a stamina standpoint, it’s a boost that his sire, Pleasantly Perfect, was a top-class router who won multiple Grade 1 races at 1 1/4 miles, including the Breeders’ Cup Classic. His dam, Reciclada, was a Grade 2 route winner.

Those improving Beyer Speed Figures are all well and good, but he has yet to get close to the type of performance level it will take to win this. The average winning Beyer Speed Figure for the Belmont is around 106; he has yet to come close to such a fig. He actually posted a career-high Beyer in the Preakness, but that was just 87 and he finished ninth, ending up well behind some of his Belmont rivals.

While he was not disgraced in the Wood or Jerome he was no factor at all in the Preakness. He has yet to win a stakes and must again deal with the best of his division, likely including the winners of the first two legs of the Triple Crown and a number of others who run well in those races.

He appears to have his work cut out for him, and it figures to be reflected in his odds. After all, he was 65-1 in the Wood, 39-1 in the Jerome, and 30-1 in the Preakness. This spot figures as tough or tougher so odds above 30-1 again figure in the offing.


By Dan Illman

Pleasantly Perfect was a stout son of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Pleasant Colony. Unraced at 2, and limited to only one start at 3, Pleasantly Perfect blossomed with age, winning the Grade 2 Goodwood Handicap at 4 at nine furlongs. He repeated in the Goodwood the following season before taking the Breeders’ Cup Classic at 1 1/4 miles. At 6, Pleasantly Perfect won the $6 million Dubai World Cup at 10 furlongs, the Grade 1 Pacific Classic at 1 1/4 miles, and the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap at nine furlongs.

Pleasantly Perfect has passed on his stamina at stud as the sire of Shared Account, the winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at 1 3/8 miles.

The dam won the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap at one mile with a 106 Beyer Speed Figure and successfully stretched her speed to about nine furlongs in her native Chile.

Reciclada is a half-sister to Chilean Group 1 winners Exhortada (one mile, turf) and Mash One (also a winner of two Grade 1 turf events at 10 furlongs in North America). Reciclada is also a half-sister to Chilean Group 2 winner Gran Mujer (7 1/2 furlongs) and A.P. Xcellent, the runner-up in the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup at 1 1/4 miles on dirt. Yet another of the dam’s half-siblings, Exotic Indy, won the Omnibus Stakes going 10 furlongs on sloppy dirt at Monmouth.

The second dam was multiple stakes-placed in Chile.

Isn't He Perfect is bred to succeed in longer-distance races like the Belmont, but his current form is suspect.