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Lovstuen buck ascends to the throne, barely

Updated: April 28, 2005, 11:18 AM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPNOutdoors.com associate editor — June 10, 2004

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — On a cloudy Saturday in June, Smarty Jones, the people's horse, was nipped at the wire in his bid for horse-racing immortality when the forgotten Birdstone slipped up on the outside to take the Belmont Stakes.

A similar tale nearly unfolded in America's heartland in recent days as the nation's deer-hunting crowd awaited the coronation of the remarkable Iowa non-typical whitetail deer harvested last Sept. 29 in Monroe County by teen-ager Tony Lovstuen.

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