Steve Lobell

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Steve Lobell: Second Straight 4-Heat Clash

In the long and storied history of the Hambletonian, only six races had taken four heats to declare a winner. In 1975, Bonefish proved toughest of all and in 1976, Steve Lobell and Bill Haughton responded to the call of greatness with a record-breaking victory.

Haughton, who won his first Hambletonian with Christopher T. in 1974, returned to Victory Lane for the second time in three years with Steve Lobell, a son of Haughton pupil Speedy Count.

The first heat of what would be the sixth four-heater in history was taken by the cleverly named Zoot Suit, a son of Nevele Pride Glad Rags, who trotted in 1:582 for Vernon Dancer. Steve Lobell and Haughton returned in the second, equalling Super Bowl's three-year-old record of 1:562 . Then the filly queen, Armbro Regina, knocked the colts over with a resounding 1:563 photo decision of the narrowest kind with Zoot Suit and Quick Pay right there.

The final was cut out by Armbro Regina, but Steve Lobell prevailed in the final sixteenth for Haughton and his owners. 
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