Updated on 09/17/2011 6:49PM

Pleasantly Perfect looks tip-top

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Roses in May, one of the top contenders in the Classic, puts in an impressive five-furlong work in 1:01.20 on Saturday morning at Lone Star.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - On a day when five runners for the Breeders' Cup Classic recorded workouts at four different locations, defending race champion Pleasantly Perfect served notice Saturday that he is, as trainer Richard Mandella has maintained for weeks, "just as good or better" than he was one year ago.

At Santa Anita, Pleasantly Perfect sizzled seven furlongs in 1:23.80, the last in a series of terrific works in preparation for next Saturday's $4 million Classic at Lone Star Park. Here at Lone Star, both Dynever and Roses in May had their final workouts. Perfect Drift worked at the Trackside training center in Louisville, and Freefourinternet had his final breeze at Churchill Downs.

Pleasantly Perfect is the front-runner for Horse of the Year based on his victories in the Dubai World Cup and Pacific Classic. If he wins the BC Classic, it will be his third Grade 1 victory this year at the classic distance of 1 1/4 miles.

On Saturday morning, Pleasantly Perfect worked in company with , including the top-class turf mare Noches de Rosa, and blew them away on a track that was rated fast, but which Mandella said was "a little off" after rain fell recently in Southern California. Pleasantly Perfect's regular exercise rider, Crystal Brown, was aboard.

"It was a little faster than I expected, but he was so full of himself," Mandella said. "I don't think he could be doing any better. The only sad thoughts I have are not having him next year."

Pleasantly Perfect will be retired at the end of the year and will become a stallion at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky.

Roses in May, who is unbeaten in five starts this year, is considered one of the top rivals for Pleasantly Perfect, and he worked well. Roses in May hit the Lone Star track just after the morning renovation break and cruised five furlongs in 1:01.20 on a track that, like Santa Anita's, was fast but had a bit of moisture from recent rain. Exercise rider Faustino Orantes was aboard, and he let Roses in May gallop out strongly another furlong.

"He worked perfect," said his trainer, Dale Romans. "I'm glad we've got that behind us."

Dynever, by contrast, did not make as good an impression. He turned in an evenly paced half-mile in 48.60 seconds, but took a long time to warm up and looked particularly uncomfortable behind when he first began to jog before his workout.

"That's him," said Christophe Lorieul, an assistant to trainer Christophe Clement who doubles as Dynever's exercise rider. "He starts off a little grumpy, but once he gallops, after a furlong, he's good."

Dynever is notorious for not liking a wet track, so Lorieul waited as long as possible before deciding to work Saturday. Lorieul had originally intended on working Dynever early in the morning, but waited until after the renovation break.

"When I first got here, I thought there was too much moisture," Lorieul said. "I'm glad I got the work in today. I wouldn't have minded going [Sunday], but if it rains, then he's backed up too close to the race."

Perfect Drift, who will be making his third straight appearance in the Classic, was timed in 1:01.20 for his five-furlong work on a fast track at Trackside. His regular work partner, jockey Joe Deegan, was up.

"I'd say he worked as good as he has at any time," Deegan said. "He's definitely better going into this one than he has been in a while. He went his first eighth in about 13 [seconds] and his last quarter in 23. He really kicked in, really flew home without me even asking him. He's on top of his game right now. He's just got to get lucky. If things bounce right for him, he could be right there."

Freefourinternet, who upset Perfect Drift in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs under jockey Greta Kuntzweiler, who is 2 for 2 aboard Freefourinternet. Kuntzweiler has her first-ever Breeders' Cup mount in the Classic.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee