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In rare race, Breeders' Cup has Arabian nightcap

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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) -- The Breeders' Cup had an Arabian nightcap for the first time.

Friday's card ended with the rare sight of a white horse pulling away from the field as So Big Is Better won the $150,000 United Arab Emirates Cup. Jockey Luis Medina raised a fist as he finished.

It marked the first time a Breeders' Cup card included a race for the Arabian breed, forerunners to the thoroughbreds that dominate U.S. and European horse racing.

Like many Arabians including half Friday's field, the 9-year-old So Big Is Better is officially listed as gray but appears milky white, especially compared to the darker gray thoroughbreds commonly seen at Santa Anita.

The winner left the track in a van, but trainer Scott Powell said it was a precaution and ''he'll be fine.''

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