06/17/2004 11:00PM

Pleasantly Perfect nicely relaxed


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It is comeback time in Southern California.

Pleasantly Perfect posted an easy late-morning workout Friday under sunny skies at Santa Anita, looking healthy and happy as he starts to gear up for an Aug. 1 return at Del Mar. Working in company, Pleasantly Perfect was timed in 1:01.60 and walked off the track as if he was ready to take a nap.

"That's the beauty of him - he turns off," trainer Richard Mandella said regarding the 6-year-old's laid-back attitude. The non-stressful drill was the fourth work for Pleasantly Perfect since he resumed training after winning the Dubai World Cup on May 27, and Mandella is pleased with his condition.

"He's not ready to race, but he's in as good a shape as he's ever been." Mandella is aiming Pleasantly Perfect for the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, followed by the Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Aug. 22.

Winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic last year, Pleasantly Perfect has shown no adverse effects from his trip to Dubai. He returned to the United States six days after the win.

"That's a long, hard trip, there isn't any question about it," Mandella said, "but as for Dubai ruining them, that's a bunch of B.S."

Talkin' about return to racing

Atswhatimtalknbout, beaten two lengths when he finished fourth in the 2003 Kentucky Derby, is three weeks away from returning to the racetrack. Meanwhile, his 2-year-old half-sister Thatswhatimean will carry the banner for owner B. Wayne Hughes. The filly, by Belong to Me, won her debut June 13 for trainer Warren Stute with a Beyer Speed Figure of 64 and will be considered for the Grade 3 Landaluce Stakes on July 5.

Atswhatimtalknbout has not raced since May 3, 2003 and faces an uncertain future. Trainer Ron Ellis said the colt sustained a deep foot bruise in the Derby that went all the way to the coffin bone.

"It turned out to be more extensive than we thought, but there's no reason it would be lingering," Ellis said.

Sired by A.P. Indy, Atswhatimtalknbout could be at his best at age 5, and he has much to prove after winning 2 of 6.

There will be more siblings to campaign in the future. After buying Atswhatimtalknbout for $900,000 and Thatswhatimean for $375,000, Hughes purchased their dam Lucinda K. She has a yearling by Belong to Me, a weanling by A.P. Indy, and was bred back to A.P. Indy.

Bluesthestandard back in training

Bluesthestandard has recovered from a torn muscle in his hind end, and is nearing a comeback. The rags-to-riches gelding won three graded stakes and finished second in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint, and has resumed training at Santa Anita for Ted H. West, who said the sprinter is about a week from his first breeze. Bluesthestandard, who won three races for a $10,000 claiming price early in his career, has been out three months. Owner Jeffrey Sengara claimed Bluesthestandard for $50,000 in late 2002, and the 7-year-old gelding has since earned $735,343. Bluesthestandard was supplemented to the BC Sprint last year for $90,000 and is aiming for the same race this year.

In the meantime, Sengara and West hope to strike lightning with another sprinter plucked from the claiming ranks. Revello earned a Beyer Figure of 106 winning an nonwinners-of-two allowance on May 31, his second start since being claimed for $40,000. The 6-year-old will try to take advantage of a currently weak sprint division, and aim for the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap, a $300,000 race at seven furlongs to be run July 3. "Now is the time to take a shot, because he's hot right now, and the race doesn't look like it's coming up that tough," West said.

* Ender's Shadow, runner-up in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap on May 8 before finishing fifth last weekend in the Grade 2 Californian, has been turned out. Trainer Jenine Sahadi said Ender's Shadow, a gelded son of A.P. Indy, will return in late fall.

* Siphonizer, winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity last year and impressive allowance winner in his April 24 comeback at Churchill Downs, is two to three weeks away from a race. The 3-year-old was scratched from the Grade 2 Laz Barrera on May 29 with a temperature, trainer Richard Mandella said, and a guttural pouch was subsequently cleared up.

* Grass racing is the stakes highlight next weekend at Hollywood. Saturday, 3-year-olds race 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap. Nominees include Laura's Lucky Boy and Greek Sun. Sunday, older fillies and mares race 1 1/4 miles in the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap. Nominees include Megahertz, Noches de Rosa, and Moscow