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Don wins, Muscles tops too

April 11, 2005

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Don Boss Vita held off the late rally of Mr. Muscleman to win the $154.200 Su Mac Lad Final in a stakes record 1:52.1 on Sunday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Mr. Muscleman was rimmed virtually the entire race and only was beaten by a neck.

"He's got the biggest heart," said Virginia Louthan, who trains Don Boss Vita for her fiancé, owner Alvin Beiler of Felton, Del. "As soon as I saw them leave easy and there was no crazy speed duel, I was happy. Once he gets a good opening quarter and clears like that, he will fight them off the distance and he won't give up."

Don Boss Vita, who won his season's debut last week in the second leg of the Su Mac Lad, had not previously raced since June 4, 2004, when he was sidelined with a suspensory injury. Overall, he now has a six-race winning streak and a career record of 15 wins, 10 seconds and six thirds from 57 starts and earnings of $319,337.

Don Boss Vita took the lead before the half and was not challenged until Mr. Muscleman attempted to chase him down in the stretch.

Mr Muscleman, the 2004 Older Trotter of the Year, had won his first start of the year last week in his Su Mac Lad preliminary and was sent off as the 6-5 favorite in the final.

"We picked up some dead cover and just had too far to come," said Ron Pierce, the driver of Mr. Muscleman. "But this horse raced tremendous."

Mr. Muscleman trotted his last quarter in :26.4, a second faster than Don Boss Vita.

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