Hall of Fame - Mr Muscleman

2,1:59; 3,1:53.3; 1:51.1 Earnings: $3,582,823

G, 2000 By Muscles Yankee-Meadowbranch Irene, by Meadow Road

 

Background & Current Status

Bred by: Brittany Farms & Spar J Stables

Sale history: 2001 Tattersalls yearling ($2,000)

Owned (during his racing career) by: Pamela Wagner; Adam Victor & Son Stable

Trained by: Noel Daley

Current status: Retired; in residence at the Kentucky Horse Park

 

Racing Credentials:

In 2003: "3-Year-Old Colt Trotter of the Year" and leading money-winning all-age trotter. In 2004: "Older Trotting Horse of the Year." In 2005: "Trotter of the Year," all-age Canadian record-holder (1:51.1) and leading money-winning older trotter. Leading 1:55 trotter of all time (30 wins in 1:55 or faster) and sixth-leading money-winning U.S.-bred trotter of all time.

 

Major Stakes Victories:

Breeders Crown (twice), Kentucky Futurity, Canadian Trotting Classic, Maple Leaf Trot (twice), Titan Cup, Arthur Cutler Memorial and Classic Series Final.

Mr Muscleman ranks as the all-time leading money-winner bred by Brittany Farms or Brittany Farms and partners. He is one of only two horses in harness racing history to win $1-million or more in two separate racing seasons, which is a testament to his durability and his will to win.

The modest yearling purchase, from the first crop by Muscles Yankee, was a stakes winner at both 2 and 3. He went on to achieve his fame as an older horse, three times capturing Dan Patch divisional honors for his age and gait and twice leading the annual money-earnings category for the same.

The multiple classics winner in the U.S. and Canada represented the United States in the prestigious Elitlopp Trot in Stockholm, Sweden in 2007. He finished second and third against an international field after he swooped the field in his elim to set up the eventual winner.

His Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce said of him: "He was the best horse I've ever driven. The toughest, the classiest, the gutsiest. He covered the ground so easily...he needed three strides to get where all the other horses needed four."

In the fall of 2009, Mr Muscleman became the first trotter to retire to the "Hall of Champions" at the Kentucky Horse Park. Other Standardbred representatives at the park have all been pacers.