Campbell hits $250 mil with Snow White
November 24, 2007
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John Campbell hit the $250 million in earnings mark with his victory aboard Snow White in the Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Filly Trot. When asked what the milestone meant to him, Campbell quipped, \"It just means I\'m getting older and have been around a long time.\"
Campbell missed last year\'s Breeders Crown championship night because he had fractured his leg in an accident in a Crown elimination.
Campbell, 52, entered the weekend just $163,365 short of the $250 million mark. He is the richest active reinsman in racing -- harness or thoroughbred -- in the world today. He leads his closest harness rival, Mike Lachance, by $75 million. His $249,836,645 career earnings place him only behind Pat Day ($297 million), Jerry Bailey ($296 million) and Chris McCarron ($263 million) on the thoroughbred side. (Incidentally, Campbell’s 9,899 career wins would place him behind only jockey Russell Baze). More than half of Campbell’s bankroll was amassed at the Meadowlands, where he has held the leading driver title 16 times.
The Breeders Crown has already proven momentous for Campbell. He reached earnings of $100 million in the 1991 Breeders Crown with Armbro Keepsake and $200 million in 2001 with Syrinx Hanover. However, last year’s event, held at Toronto’s Woodbine Racetrack, will be remembered for the accident in which he fractured his left leg. Campbell was sidelined for five months and did not return to the racetrack until April 1, 2007. He has earned more than $9 million in the eight months since, making it his best season since 2002.