Mr Muscleman last raced on June 22, 2007. He won all four of his starts at the Meadowlands and finished second in Sweden’s prestigious Elitlopp that season before being sidelined by bone chip surgery.
"I tried to bring him back a few times, but it just wasn't to be,” Daley said. “He has been very good to us. It was time."
"He was the best horse I've ever driven,” Pierce noted. “The toughest, the classiest, the gutsiest. He had the manners and covered the ground so easily. He was very much like Moni Maker, a long striding, big powerful horse who needed three strides to get where all the other horses needed four.
“I have to give credit to Noel Daley and Mike Vanderkemp for all the good work they did with him,” Pierce added. “They are the ones who kept him going. The Victors are the ones who put me up. They deserve all the credit, not me."