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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Mack Lobell Passes at 32

 The great trotter Mack Lobell was euthanized yesterday at the age of ripe old age of thirty-two in his adopted home country Sweden.  You have no doubt read about his exploits such as winning the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot (yes, great horses used to race in the Yonkers Trot), Nat Ray, Statue of Liberty, and Breeders Crown as well as being the horse of the year in 1987 and 1988.

 In tribute to the champion, I am going to offer you some of his races in Europe.

Here is Mack Lobell in winning the 1988 Elitlopp final.  You will note he raced against some other horses who raced in North America such as the tough mare Grades Singing, Sugarcane Hanover, and Napoletano.

Here is Mack Lobell winning in Hamburg, Germany (apologies for the voice over interfering with the race call).

Here is Mack in a 1991 appearance at the Åby racecourse 

But perhaps one of his most impressive victories in Europe came at Hilversum in Holland in the second heat of the Grote Prijs der Giganten in 1989 as Express Ride takes it to Mack Lobell in a game of hardball.

Goodbye Mack Lobell.  Thanks for the memories.

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