With 10,600+ races won and over $286 million in earnings, John Campbell holds a rock-solid place in the history books. He is one of only two Canadian drivers with American horses to win Sweden’s prestigious Elitlopp and has won every major US race, most of them multiple times.
Born in London, Ont., in 1955, Campbell grew up on his family’s farm in the tiny rural area of Nairn, near Ailsa Craig (northwest of London). He recorded his first driving victory at London’s Western Raceway, June 2, 1972, at age 17. In the mid-1970s, John moved on to Windsor Raceway. There, he trained a stable and drove regularly until January of 1978, when he moved to The Meadowlands. He has been in New Jersey ever since.
John Campbell was awarded a Meritorious Service Medal in 2000 for his commitment to the sport of harness racing by the Right Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Canada's Governor General. He was the youngest driver ever elected into the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame, at age 35. He is also an honoured member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.