01/06/2004 12:00AM

Two BC winners tune up


ARCADIA, Calif. - Breeders' Cup Classic winner Pleasantly Perfect and BC Juvenile winner Action This Day tuned up for comebacks with visually impressive workouts Tuesday at Santa Anita for trainer Richard Mandella. Both horses worked in company after the 9 a.m. renovation break. Pleasantly Perfect worked six furlongs in 1:12.40 under Alex Solis, and Action This Day worked a mile in 1:39.40 under David Flores.

Pleasantly Perfect broke off at the five-eighths pole, raced in company to the finish wire, then quickly left his rival behind while working out to the seven-eighths pole and galloping out strongly into the backstretch.

"He looks better than he ever did," Mandella said. Pleasantly Perfect is aiming for the Grade 2 San Antonio Handicap on Jan. 31.

Action This Day looked sharp through the lane, and Flores said he felt strong. "I chirped to him a couple times at the top of the stretch, and he just went to a different stride. He does it so easy, he accelerates," Flores said.

Action This Day returns Jan. 17 in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes against two-time graded stakes winner Perfect Moon and Remsen runner-up Master David.

Betty's Wish injured

Graded stakes winner Betty's Wish sustained a hairline fracture while training for the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 24 at Santa Anita, and will be out four months, according to trainer Bobby Frankel.

Betty's Wish most recently finished third in the Grade 2 Dahlia Handicap on Dec. 20 at Hollywood Park. She would have been one of the favorites in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf.

"She'll be fine, it was just a little hairline fracture," Frankel said.

The Frankel-trained Peace Rules will be one of the favorites in the $1 million Sunshine Millions at Santa Anita. Frankel will ship two to Gulfstream Park for Sunshine Millions races - Midas Eyes for the $300,000 Sprint and Ice Wynnd Fire for the $250,000 Dash. Midas Eyes (49.60 seconds) and Ice Wynnd Fire (48.60) each worked a half-mile Tuesday at Hollywood Park; Master David worked six furlongs in 1:14.20.

Miss Coronado has raced only twice, both on grass. But following Miss Coronado's impressive maiden win Sunday at Santa Anita, Frankel said the filly by Coronado's Quest will get her chance on dirt.

"I was thinking Kentucky Oaks with her," Frankel said. "I might try her in a one-other-than on grass, then try her on dirt." Frankel said Miss Coronado works well on the main track, while his unbeaten 3-year-old colt by Danzig - Greek Sun - will stick to turf. "He doesn't train that great on dirt," Frankel said.

Rahy Dolly aims for Santa Ynez

Hollywood Starlet runner-up Rahy Dolly will cut back to seven furlongs Jan. 19 in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Trainer Rafael Becerra said she will work five-eighths Thursday, after which he will consult with owner Stan Fulton before finalizing plans. "We're pointing for that race," Becerra said. "We'll look at the nominations, then decide."

While Becerra said it would be "no problem" for Rahy Dolly to turn back in distance, he is reluctant to turn back his best colt, Hollywood Futurity runner-up St Averil because "he's a big horse." Becerra said St Averil would also work five furlongs Thursday. Since the colt still has his first allowance condition, Becerra has a variety of options.

Buddy Gil may try turf again

Santa Anita Derby winner Buddy Gil worked a half-mile Tuesday in 47.40, his first work since a ninth-place comeback Dec. 26 in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes. Although the racetrack was labeled fast for the Malibu, two inches of rain fell the day before, and the track may have retained moisture. It did not help Buddy Gil.

"He doesn't care for an off track, and seven-eighths is a grueling distance first time back," trainer Jeff Mullins said. "I told Gary [Stevens] if he doesn't handle it, to just take care of him."

Buddy Gil's campaign has not been decided, though Mullins said "I'd like to run him on turf again." Buddy Gil won his only turf start last February in a Grade 3 sprint.

Three other Mullins trainees - Excess Summer, Captain Squire, and King Robyn - are pointing for Sunshine Millions races. Excess Summer goes in the $1 million Classic at Santa Anita; Captain Squire and King Robyn are candidates to ship to Florida for the $250,000 Dash.

Valentine Dancer preps for Turf

With Betty's Wish out of the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, two-time ungraded stakes Valentine Dancer becomes one of the early favorites for the 1 1/8-mile race. Winner of the Cat's Cradle on Dec. 13 at Hollywood Park, Valentine Dancer worked five furlongs Tuesday in 59.40 for trainer Craig Lewis.

Hot Market's status for the $1 million Classic remains undetermined in the wake of his sixth-place finish Saturday in the Grade 2 San Pasqual.

Lewis said Broadway Deb, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Debonair Joe, has been retired.