11/01/2013 9:19PM

Santa Anita: So Big Is Better wins President of the United Arab Emirates Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
So Big Is Better wins the President of the United Arab Emirates Cup by 7 1/4 lengths.

ARCADIA, Calif. – So Big Is Better, the champion Arabian older horse of 2012, won the first Arabian race in Santa Anita history in Friday’s $150,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup but was pulled up with a suspected suspensory problem after the race and did not return to the winner’s circle.

So Big Is Better was vanned back to the stables. Owner Mark Powell said after the race that So Big Is Better, who has been bred to a small number of mares in recent years, would be retired to stud.

Ridden by Luis Medina, So Big Is Better ($24) closed from 10th in a field of 11 to win by 7 1/4 lengths over the French import No Problem Al Maury. Ms Dixie finished third.

Grilla, the 5-2 favorite, was eighth.

So Big Is Better is trained by Scott Powell, the brother of Mark Powell. So Big Is Better ends his career with 25 wins in 54 starts and earnings of $333,065. Earlier this year, So Big Is Better won stakes at Arapahoe Park, the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale, Calif., the Los Angeles County Fair, and Lone Star Park.

Chris Evans More than 1 year ago
todays Arabian racehorses suffer from unscrupulous breeding to Thoroughbred blood for non tested advantage in racing. Everyone involved in the sport knows this. Whether this horse is purebred or not i dont know. But Anglos are rampant in Arabian racing.
luis medina More than 1 year ago
so big is better
Tito Solo More than 1 year ago
ااهلا وسهلا
Judy Barrick More than 1 year ago
For Arabian horse aficionados and those loving to find out what horses are in the pedigree, well, first of all, this stallion was foaled in 2004--So Big Is Better. He goes back to the Polish stallion, *Mirzaz on the sire's side and to Elsinore Rose, from Elsinore Arabians, where Abu Farwa lived out his life, California. There is an imported English horse named "Astran, of Crabbet breeding, on the sire's side, too, that I haven't heard anything about--he must have been used primarily for race breeding. Then back to Egyptian on the dam's side and ...el Nefous breeding and then tail female is to *Bask and other well-known Polish Arabians, like Negatiw.. Interesting pedigree! He did go od to win this race and be over ten years old. Any reports on how his leg is doing?
Kat Curry More than 1 year ago
I have a grandson of *Bask - Sire was JA Magnificat - let me just say - at 14 yrs old he runs "Like the wind" and he can go all day - because he IS all that. I love my Polish bred Arab - I love them all! Congrats to So Big and thank God he didn't have a life 'ending' injury. He can now at 10 years old retire to stud - unlike most OTTB's that are retired much earlier as their legs would never hold out that many years (Rarely anyway!)
Tracy Mossgrove More than 1 year ago
Any up date on his injury?
Roxane Losey More than 1 year ago
Heard word from a good source that he strained an old suspensory injury and re damaged it. Will be retired but sounds like "good" news considering!
Suzanne Rothchild More than 1 year ago
The Arabian horse is behind the pedigrees of every Thoroughbred: the Godolphin Arabian, the Byerly Turk, and the Darley Arabian. They are a magnificent breed. Congratulations So Big and I am glad the injury is not life-threatening to such a gallant competitor.
Marion Altieri More than 1 year ago
And you're so right, Roxane...there's no such animal as "just" an Arabian. Without Arabian horses, Thoroughbreds wouldn't exist. Arabian racing is a beautiful sport, and Arab horses are The Original Race Horse. Very sad to know that So Big is Better got injured, but what a warrior! Fifty-four starts--25 wins. A true hero. :)
Roxane Losey More than 1 year ago
1/5 of those were under my boot :-) We were 5 for 6 together. I can't tell you how special this horse is
Roxane Losey More than 1 year ago
I am saddened to hear he was injured. I saw the bad step after the wire and suspected such. SO glad to hear it was not life threatening....He may be "just" an Arabian to most, but I can tell you from personal experience he is a true warrior and a finer racehorse you may never meet....Congratulations Mr. BIG and recover well my friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't have said it any better. He is one of the best I have ever seen. I hope the injury wasn't serious. Enjoy retirement, you really deserve it.