Hall of Fame Driver Campbell Injured
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ Harness driver John Campbell, the sport’s top career money winner, received a concussion when he was thrown to the track Friday at the Meadowlands Racetrack.
The 45-year-old Campbell was driving Mike’s Filly in the morning’s eighth qualifying race about 11:45 a.m. The 3-year-old abruptly stumbled after passing the three-quarter mark, unseating the Hall of Fame driver, said Bob Heyden, the track’s statistician and television analyst, who witnessed the accident.
Campbell who was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. He was being evaluated in midafternoon, hospital spokesman Brian Thompson said.
Heyden said Campbell would be released.
``There’s no broken bones or anything, but he does have a severe concussion,″ Heyden said.
Mike’s Filly was third in a five-horse field at the time, 2 1/2 lengths off the leader.
Daniel Dube, the driver of Gene’s Last Ride, was behind Campbell.
``I was able to avoid my horse hitting John, but my wheel went over John,″ Dube said.
His career totals include 8,312 victories and more than $178 million in purses.
Mike’s Filly was loose for about three minutes, suffered a few bruises and required some stitches, Heyden said.