Jate Lobell was an outstanding racehorse, winning 30 of 40 career starts and earning $2,231,402, but is perhaps most recognized as an exceptional sire and broodmare sire. He raced in 1986 and 1987, and was inducted into the Living Horse Hall of Fame in 2004.
As a 2-year-old, Jate Lobell was undefeated in 15 starts, earning $585,804. Trained and driven by Mark O'Mara for owner Joe McCluskey, the average margin of victory in Jate Lobell's 15 wins was four and three-quarter lengths. He equaled Barberry Spur's world record of 1:55.2 for two-year-olds on a half-mile track and set a two-heat record of 3:52.2 in the Kentucky Pacing Derby. Other race wins were the International Stallion Stake, Lou Babic Memorial, Abe Lincoln Stake, Little Pat Stake, Fox Stake, Review Futurity and the American-National Stake. Jate Lobell became the second fastest two-year-old colt of all time, missing Nihilator’s world record by only one-fifth of a second in winning the final of the International Stallion Stake in 1:53 over a sloppy track at The Red Mile. For his accomplishments, Jate Lobell was voted Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of 1986. In another outstanding achievement for a two-year-old, Jate Lobell placed second in Horse of the Year balloting behind Forrest Skipper.
Prior to his debut at three, Jate Lobell was syndicated and went on to win 15 of 25 starts, earning $1,645,598, and was voted Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. He took his lifetime mark of 1:51.2 winning the New Jersey Classic. Other impressive wins included the North America Cup, Confederation Cup, American-National Stake, New Jersey Futurity and the Prix d'Ete elimination. Jate Lobell retired the third richest Standardbred of all time, trailing only Nihilator and On The Road Again.
At the time of his passing, Jate Lobell was the sire of 15 in 1:50 and 496 in 1:55, with 296 $100,000 winners, and total earnings over $105 million. Jate Lobell sired 4 millionaires: 1993 Cane Pace and Messenger Stakes winner and 1996 O'Brien Horse of the Year, world champion Riyadh p,1:48.4s ($2,763,527), 1995 Meadowlands Pace winner David's Pass p,3,1:50.4 ($1,652,500), 1997 North America Cup winner, world champion Gothic Dream p,3,1:50.4s ($1,528,671) and 1997 Breeders Crown winner Village Jasper p,3,1:51s ($1,057,595).
As a broodmare sire, Jate Lobell is credited with total earnings over $205 million, with 67 in 1:50, 977 in 1:55 and 553 $100,000 winners with 12 millionaires. They include 2008 Canadian Pacing Derby and two-time William Haughton Memorial winner (2007-2008), world champion Mister Big p,4,1:47.4 ($4,008,257), three-time Breeders Crown winner (2005, 2006 and 2008), world champion My Little Dragon p,4,1:48.1 ($2,318,623), 2007 Meadowlands Pace and Art Rooney Pace winner Southwind Lynx p,3,1:48.3 ($1,763,389) and 2010 North America Cup winner, world champion Sportswriter p,3,1:48.3s ($1,566,460).
Jate Lobell was bred by Lana Lobell Farms of New Jersey and was owned by Kentuckiana Farms of Lexington, Kentucky and Joe M. McCluskey of Battle Creek, Michigan. Jate Lobell passed away in September 2015 at the age of 31. He stood at Kentuckiana Farms for 22 years before being retired from active duty in 2009.