So Big is Better Storms to Arabian Breeders Cup Win

Ever seen an Arabian come off a 4f/:50 pace and still run the next quarter in a snappy 26 seconds on his way to a 7+ length victory at 8+ furlongs? In doing so, he made up 11 lengths on the rest of the field to the shock of HRTV commentators. You may need to rewind the video a bit as he starts his run completely out of the wide angle viewpoint down the backstretch. He’s #11, nearly white, and second to last around the first turn. The jock celebrates a bit early too, matching my enthusiasm here in Kentucky-

So Big is Better, the champion older Arabian horse of 2012, capped off a remarkable 2013 season with a 7+ length victory in the first ever Breeder’s Cup Arabian race at Santa Anita Park; the $150,000 Grade 1 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup. Owned by Mark Powell and trained by his brother Scott, the 9yo heads off to stud duty with a 10 win season and earnings of $185,220 after a campaign that saw races in Northern and Southern California, Texas, Colorado, Kentucky, and Delaware. Scott estimates they put 7,000 miles on the trailer!

Of note: So Big is Better worked a mile in 1:53 upon his arrival in California, and again breezed a fast 3F the day before his big win. No thoroughbred even worked 8F that week. What few new is that prior to heading to post, he spent October training 6,000 feet above sea level at Quarter Moon Ranch in Arenas Valley, New Mexico.

Remember, the 2 longest odds modern Kentucky Derby winners came from high altitudes the month before the big race:

https://thoroedge.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/mine-that-bird-and-canonero-ii-both-derby-longshot-winners-trained-at-high-altitudes/

Here is So Big is Better sprinting 6F barely a second off the Arabian world record last season:

https://thoroedge.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/classy-arabian-storms-to-near-record-6f-win-in-117-3-and-what-is-a-drug/

Owner Mark Powell: “The combination of elevation, STORM, and Scott’s conditioning for stamina led to our first Grade 1 win at the best possible time. So Big is Better covered the mile and a sixteenth distance 3 seconds faster than ever before – and against top flight competition.” I’d say so – the connections turned a world-class sprinter into a G1 winner over 8+ furlongs in less than 2 full seasons.

STORM® promotes buffering of lactic acid in muscles by boosting muscle carnosine synthesis, allowing horses to work at maximum speed and power for longer. Muscle carnosine level in Arabians is generally lower than Thoroughbreds and Quarter horses, so STORM® is especially effective at helping them achieve their full potential.

As the all time leader in wins from a son of super stallion Burning Sand, So Big is Better is now available for stud duty, contact Mark Powell for details at mkpenterprisesut@aol.com or 801-638-4111.

Trainer Scott Powell and Lori Long are accepting new trainees at Quarter Moon Ranch and have shown that they will ship all over the country to win big races. For further information please visit www.quartermoonranchllc.com or call Scott directly at 575-654-6129.

So Big is Better stats before Team Powell entered the picture:
38 starts: 15 wins, 9 seconds, 3 thirds and $147,845 in prize money over 5 seasons.

And after:
16 starts: 10 wins, 1 second, 1 third and $185,220 in prize money over 2 seasons.

Congratulations to the entire team on a well deserved win and best of luck in the breeding game-

So Big is Better

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About bpressey

Equine Exercise Physiologist

Posted on November 11, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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