Meadowlands to celebrate Campbell's career
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The celebration of Campbell's five decades in the sport will include a video tribute played throughout the evening and a series of interviews with some of Campbell's closest friends and competitors over the years that will be in attendance. There will also be an autograph signing with Campbell from 6–7 p.m., a commemorative poster giveaway (while supplies last), and a series of contest giveaways featuring signed Campbell memorabilia. A special Campbell retirement cake will also be on display and fans in attendance can enjoy a piece of the cake beginning at 8 p.m. in the clubhouse lobby.
"John Campbell is truly the Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth, and Wayne Gretzky of harness racing all wrapped up into one," said Meadowlands GM/COO Jason Settlemoir. "Nobody has revolutionized our sport or more importantly, been a better ambassador and promoter of our industry. We hope the night can be a fitting celebration of a true giant in our sport."
Upon Campbell's official retirement from driving, he will compete in a pair of exhibition races, one at the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in Goshen, N.Y. on July 2 and the other at Clinton Raceway in Ontario on July 30 where Campbell got his start as a driver.
While Campbell will no longer compete on the track, he will still be involved with the sport. Beginning July 1, he will take over as president and chief executive officer of the Hambletonian Society, a not-for-profit organization which supports and encourages the breeding of Standardbred horses by sponsoring and administering stakes and other special events in harness racing.
Fans are encouraged to RSVP to the event on the official Meadowlands Facebook page. Live racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (Meadowlands)