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Mack Lobell euthanized in Sweden at age 32

February 22, 2016
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The great Mack Lobell 3,1:52.1 ($3.9 million), a world champion and winner of two of trotting's greatest events, the Hambletonian and Elitlopp, was humanely euthanized at Menhammar Stud in Sweden on Monday, Feb. 22. He was 32 years old and had been stabled at Margareta Wallenius-Kleberg's Menhammar farm, where he was a celebrity during Elitlopp time, when many visitors to the farm would ask to see him.
 
Bred by Lana Lobell Farms of New Jersey, trained by Chuck Sylvester and driven by John Campbell, Mack Lobell won 41 of 58 races in North America and $2.7 million in purses, plus captured another 30 wins and more than a million in purses in Europe. He captured the Breeders Crown and Hambletonian and set world records at Springfield (Ill.) and Saratoga, where he erased Nevele Pride's long-standing speed record for a half-mile track. At age four he was invited to the Elitlopp where he managed a rare feat for a horse his age, defeating Europe's best trotters, an older, more experienced bunch. His victory in the race, with his regular driver Campbell aboard, famously brought his owner, the late Lou Guida, to tears as the American flag flew in the winner's circle.
 
Mack Lobell was sold to a group led by John-Erik Magnusson and Mack won a second Elitlopp for Magnusson before he was retired from racing.
 
As a stallion, Mack did not manage to duplicate the level of success he had on the track, but he did sire horses of note, among them the dam of Breeders Crown champion Commander Crowe.
 
As a pensioner taken in by Ms. Kleberg, Mack was treated like a king. On the occasion of his 30th birthday he was presented a cake of sorts at a small party for him and his admirers. He was featured on the cover of the book "Old Friends," the work of Ellen Harvey and photographer Barbara Livingston, who traveled to Sweden to document the great champion in his golden years. 
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