Champion Pacer Cam Fella Put Down
May. 09, 2001
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Champion standardbred pacer Cam Fella, who won 61 times and earned more than $2 million, was euthanized Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park following a progressive battle with cancer.
The 22-year-old gelding was retired to Kentucky in 1997 after a successful stud career at Stonegate Farm in New Jersey. He was gelded that year when he was found to have testicular cancer.
Sired by Most Happy Fella out of Nan-Cam, Cam Fella was foaled in Lexington in 1979 and bought as a 2-year-old by Norm Clements and Norm Faulkner of Ontario.
Cam Fella last raced in 1983. He won 61 of 80 starts and earned $2,041,360. His 28 consecutive victories still stand as the longest winning streak in the sport, and he was inducted into the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1998.
As a sire, Cam Fella's 13 crops have earned more than $86 million and include such champions as Camtastic, Goalie Jeff, Precious Bunny, Presidential Ball, Cams Card Shark and Ellamony.
``Cam Fella was remarkable during his career as a pacer and then at stud, but he was also considered a member of our family,'' Norm Clements said from Prince Lee Acres Farm in Uxbridge, Ontario. ``We are comforted to know his last days were spent at the Kentucky Horse Park, where he was loved by his caretakers and adored by his fans.''