Mr. Muscleman standing in front of the Hall of Champions Barn with handler

Mr. Muscleman


Earnings

$3.58 million

Record

67 starts, 37-17-7

Retired

2009

This three-time divisional winner, two-time Trotter of the Year and record-setting multi-millionaire sold as a yearling for just $2,000. Talk about a giant bargain.

Just two starts into his two-year-old season, Mr. Muscleman caught the attention of his present owners, Adam Victor and Son Stable, who purchased “Muscles” privately for $150,000 and sent him to Noel Daly, one of the top trainers in harness racing.

As a three-year-old trotting gelding, Mr. Muscleman set a new earnings record. In the fall of 2003, Mr. Muscleman won four races in just three weeks. He was voted 2003 Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.

In 2004, winning the Maple Leaf Trot and American-National Stakes helped Mr. Muscleman earn the title of Older Trotter of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada.

In 2005, five-year-old Mr. Muscleman set a record of 1:51.1 in the Titan Cup and Classic Series. In that year’s Breeders Crown Open Trot, a feisty “Muscles” showed his grit and determination. He was voted Trotter of the Year.

In 2007, seven-year-old Mr. Muscleman finished a close second in Sweden’s prestigious Elitloppe and won all four of his North American starts.

He had been a stoic athlete throughout a long and storied career, but wear and tear and persistent minor leg issues forced his retirement in 2008.

The members of the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame elected him to their Living Horse Hall of Fame in December 2016. With 37 wins out of 69 starts, Mr. Muscleman finished off the board only 8 times in 6 seasons of racing.

Mr. Muscleman retired as the richest active trotter in history.

Before retiring at the Hall of Champions, he competed in horse shows, winning ribbons in both under-saddle and pleasure driving classes.


He was a very stoic equine athlete, which made it difficult for his trainer to discover minor injuries.


He was the first trotting Standardbred for his Hall of Fame trainer, Noel Daly.

Notable Wins

2002

The Harold Dancer
NJ Sire Stakes

2003

Canadian Trotting Classic
Kentucky Futurity
Transylvania Trot
Breeders Crown Three-Year-Old Trot

2004

Maple Leaf Trot
American National Open Trot

2005

A.J. Cutler Memorial
Titan Cup
Breeders Crown Open Trot
Maple Leaf Trotting Classic
“This horse is on top of his game—he’s one of a kind. You’ve got to take your hat off to that horse.”

Trainer of Sand Vic


Earnings

$3.58 million

Record

67 starts, 37-17-7

Retired

2009

Pedigree

Muscles Yankee, Meadowbranch Irene

Nickname

Gentle Giant

Attributes

Bay Gelding

Foaled

2000

Best mile

5 years old, 1:51.1

Height

17.1 hands

Trainer

Noel Daly

Breeders

Brittany Farms, Spar J. Stables

Owners

Adam Victor & Son Stable

Driver

Ron Pierce

Trophy
HARNESS RACING HALL OF FAME
Man O War Statue
TROTTER OF THE YEAR 2005
Trophy
LEADING 1:55 TROTTER OF ALL TIME
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6TH MONEY-WINNING U.S. BRED TROTTER OF ALL TIME
Marauder

Marion Marauder

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