Mack Lobell Passes
Published: February 22, 2016 1:56 pm ET
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Considered to be one of the greatest trotters of this generation, the legendary Mack Lobell has passed away at age 32.
A son of Mystic Park - Matina Lobell, Mack Lobell shattered nearly every trotting speed record during his two- and three-year-old seasons in North America. In 94 international starts, Mack Lobell won 71 races and finished top three an astounding 87 times. He established more than 11 world records at ages two, three and four while winning U.S. Horse of the Year honours in 1987 and 1988.
At the conclusion of his three-year-old year, he was harness racing's fastest trotter, regardless of age, on a mile track (1:52.1), five-eighths mile track (1:54.1f) and half-mile track (1:57.2h). At the time no horse had turned that trick since pacer French Chef in 1980.
One of Mack Lobell's greatest accomplishments came as a four-year-old when he was victorious in the 1988 Elitlopp. Among a career full of highlights, driver John Campbell still considers that performance among Mack Lobell's best and his own most cherished.
His performance in the stud barn did not measure up to his on-track success but his pedigree carries on as the broodmare sire of trotting sensation Commander Crowe as well as Malabar Circle Ås and Sanity.
Mack Lobell was euthanized at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar Stuteri breeding farm in Sweden.
Please join Standardbred Canada in offering condolences to the connections of Mack Lobell.