10/28/2003 12:00AM

Pleasantly Perfect to race next year


ARCADIA, Calif. - Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect will race next year at age 6, according to trainer Richard Mandella. "I would guess I will give him a break and point to the [Santa Anita] Handicap preps, or to Dubai," Mandella said Tuesday. "I plan to rest them all and point for the Santa Anita meet. They've done enough. If you keep going, you end up with nothing."

Mandella was referring to his seven Breeders' Cup starters. Along with Pleasantly Perfect, the winners were Halfbridled (Juvenile Fillies), Johar (Turf), and Action This Day (Juvenile).

The only immediate certainty was that Siphonizer, 10th-place finisher in the Juvenile, would have throat surgery after displacing his soft palate for the second time in a race. Mandella said Siphonizer would undergo a myectomy in order to correct the problem. He also said that Minister Eric came out of his runner-up finish in the Juvenile with sore shins and would need two months off. It will not affect his 3-year-old campaign.

Olmadavor's fifth-place finish in an allowance race Sunday has given Mandella second thoughts about sending him to Aqueduct for the Grade 1 Cigar Mile. "If he would have won, I would have been sure to, but now I'll probably run in the Native Diver" on Nov. 6 at Hollywood, he said.

Top local turf miler may go abroad

The million-dollar lure of international racing may entice California's top turf milers to leave the country for their next starts. Designed for Luck and Special Ring, seventh and eighth, respectively, in the Breeders' Cup Mile, will head in opposite directions.

Trainer Vladimir Cerin said Tuesday that Designed for Luck will aim for a race in Hong Kong on Dec. 14 and likely will skip the Grade 2 Citation Handicap on Nov. 29 at Hollywood Park. The Hong Kong race "gives us more time, and it's $1 million to the winner," he said.

Designed for Luck, winner of the Grade 2 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, pressed a severe BC Mile pace before tiring the stretch.

Special Ring will get a break after steadying hard and losing all chance going into the stretch of the BC Mile. Trainer Julio Canani said he came out of the race in good shape.

"I'm going to give him some time and run in Dubai first time out," Canani said. That would be in the $2 million Dubai Duty Free on March 27.

Special Ring was a romping winner of the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap this summer at Del Mar.

Bluesthestandard done for year

Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up Bluesthestandard is done for the year. Ted West, who trains the gelding with his son Ted H. West, said the 6-year-old will not run until the Grade 3 El Conejo early in the Santa Anita meeting.

"He's had a tough year," the elder West said.

Bluesthestandard ran 10 times, won four races, and earned $631,975 for owner Jeffrey Sengara. Now, the long-term objective for Bluesthestandard is the 2004 BC Sprint at Lone Star Park, where he won the Grade 3 Texas Mile in March.

Wind Flow to rest until January

After a five-length win Oct. 19 in the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes, the 2-year-old filly Wind Flow appeared poised for a solid sprint campaign. Instead, she will be turned out.

"I'm going to give her some time off, bring her back in January, and have a nice filly for next year," trainer Caesar Dominguez said. The trainer said there was nothing wrong with Wind Flow except that "she's been in training the whole year."

Wind Flow would have been among the favorites Nov. 16 at Hollywood Park in the $100,000 Mocassin Stakes. She has won 3 of 5 starts.

Filly and rider hurt in accident

A bizarre training accident Tuesday resulted in severe head trauma for one horse, a broken leg for an exercise rider, a bad scare for a highly regarded maiden running loose around the track, and a 10-minute delay in training. The accident occurred at 8:15 a.m. as the Ron Ellis trainee Long Range Missile - "my best 2-year-old" - was a quarter-mile into a six-furlong workout. Near the half-mile pole, Dreamy Yolanda dumped her rider while jogging the wrong way around.

The loose horse, a 2-year-old filly trained by Mark Glatt, then lost her sense of direction and drifted into the path of the oncoming worker. Long Range Missile plowed into the filly's neck and head, spun her around, and dropped her. The impact threw Long Range Missile's rider, Chris Garcia, straight into the air, and preliminary reports are he suffered a broken leg.

Long Range Missile, a $190,000 2-year-old colt owned by B. Wayne Hughes (owner of Action This Day), did not go down, and ran twice around the track before returning to Ellis's barn. An initial examination found no injuries.

Dreamy Yolanda, a daughter of Cee's Tizzy, had been entered in race 2 on Wednesday for an $80,000 claiming tag. She was undergoing surgery late Monday afternoon, and her condition was unknown.

Lion Heart early pick for Prevue

Lion Heart's splashy debut last Friday has made him an early favorite for the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue on Nov. 15 at Hollywood Park. Trained by Patrick Biancone, the 2-year-old colt earned a 96 Beyer Speed Figure and won by a length in 1:09.24. A son of Tale of the Cat, he was a $1.4 million 2-year-old purchase.

"Next stop seven furlongs, then we'll see," Biancone said. "One step at a time."

Biancone said that Zavata, second-to-last in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, will be pointed for the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, opening day of the Santa Anita winter meet. Biancone expects to run 2-year-old colt Cryptovinsky on Saturday in the $75,000 Pinjara Stakes at a mile on turf. Yingyingying, runner-up in a maiden turf race, will run in the $75,000 Hidden Light for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf.

Biancone also trains the filly who beat Yingyingying in the maiden race, Mambo Slew. "She's a light-framed filly and cannot run too often," he said, adding that Yingyingying "is a rock."

Mambo Slew will aim for the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes on Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park.

Cigar Mile next for Congaree

Congaree, fourth-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Classic, will run next in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile on Nov. 29 in New York.

"After that, we don't know what's going to happen," trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday regarding his racing career. Congaree is a 5-year-old multiple Grade 1 winner and a stallion prospect.

Baffert said that Victory U. S. A., third in the BC Juvenile Fillies, will race in the Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 21, and he expects fifth-place Juvenile finisher Consecrate to run Dec. 21 in the Hollywood Futurity.