PLEASANTLY PERFECT has never had volumes of numbers working for him, but that hasn’t prevented him from becoming a rock-solid sire who turns out top-class horses year after year. That was in evidence once again in 2012.
In his column of January 16, 2013, the TDN’s Bill Oppenheim listed PLEASANTLY PERFECT as one of the top sires in the nation by A Runner Index on his APEX rankings. PLEASANTLY PERFECT has an A Runner Index of 2.68, a better figure than Tapit, Hard Spun, Unbridled’s Song, Distorted Humor, Awesome Again, Tiznow, etc.
Said Oppenheim: “Just one final observation about these tables: we’ve listed the 2013 stud fees for the 65 sires for which we have them, of which, as we’ve mentioned, 28 stand in [the U.S.]. Of these 28, four will be standing for $10,000 this year, [including] PLEASANTLY PERFECT (Lane’s End). Given [his] numbers, if [he's] not among the best bargains around, I don’t know who is.”
PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s runners were led by the standout California sophomore Nonios, representing Jerry Hollendorfer’s barn. First or second in 7 of his 10 starts in 2012, Nonios won the G3 Affirmed S. at Betfair Hollywood Park. Always putting his best foot forward, he also ran second in the G1 Haskell Invitational (to Paynter), G1 Awesome Again S. (to Game On Dude), G2 Swaps S. (to ENGLISH CHANNEL’s Blueskiesnrainbows), and G3 Native Diver S. (again to Game On Dude).
Another 3yo colt by PLEASANTLY PERFECT to excel in 2012 was My Adonis, who won the Long Branch S. at Monmouth and placed in the G3 Holy Bull S. and G3 Gotham S.
PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s also included the Grade 1 performers Miss Mittagong and Setsuko, and the stakes winners or stakes performers Calle Vista, Dominant Jeannes, Isn’t He Perfect, Shrilanka, Tapadero, etc. His 2yo filly Cat Five’ O, meanwhile, became his latest stakes winner in December in the one-mile Mistletoe S. at Remington Park, which improved her record to three wins in six starts.
From five modestly sized crops to race, PLEASANTLY PERFECT has 14 stakes winners, and has been represented by the likes of G1 Breeders’ Cup F/M Turf heroine (and LE sales grad) Shared Account, champion Silverside, national record-setter Rapid Redux, and the MGSW and $525,000 broodmare Cozi Rosie.
In fact, PLEASANTLY PERFECT can boast of have 29 stakes horses from just 177 starters (as of Dec. 15, 2012). That equates to an excellent strike rate of 16.4% stakes horses to runners. By way of comparison, that figure outpaces top sires like Arch (16%), Awesome Again (15.1%), Elusive Quality (15.2%), Harlan’s Holiday (15%), Malibu Moon (16%), Stormy Atlantic (13.9%), Tiznow (14.5%), etc.
PLEASANTLY PERFECT is also siring exceptional quality. Of his black-type runners, 14 have won or placed in graded company, a rate of 5.51% of his 254 named foals to date. That compares very favorably to horses like Arch (4.63%), Elusive Quality (4.27%), Indian Charlie (5.27%), Malibu Moon (5.36%), Medaglia d’Oro (5.04%), Tiznow (5.17%), etc.
The quality of PLEASANTLY PERFECT’s is also reflected in his lifetime Average Earnings Index of 1.90, meaning his average runner earns nearly twice the national average. Bernardini, who stands for $150,000 in 2012, has an AEI of 2.02–just ahead of PLEASANTLY PERFECT–while the latter’s fig is better than Tiznow (1.89), Giant’s Causeway (1.87), Arch (1.86), Elusive Quality (1.83), Malibu Moon (1.76), Kitten’s Joy (1.64), Harlan’s Holiday (1.60), etc.
With eight stakes winners from a small first crop–including the $1.6 million earner Shared Account–PLEASANTLY PERFECT started out strong and has continued right on through present day. Looking for a sire who can get you the quality to make it to the big races, but without the big fee? Make the smart play in 2012…for PLEASANTLY PERFECT – call to see what we can do for your mare.