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Cam Fella Submitted For Canada's Sports Hall Of Fame

Published: January 16, 2014 11:34 am ET

Last Comment: January 24, 2014 2:17 pm ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On Wednesday, January 15, Cam Fella was officially submitted to the nominating committee by Standardbred Canada for inclusion into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.

Only two horses -- Big Ben and Northern Dancer -- have been inducted into the sports hall, and no horse has had a bigger impact on Canadian Standardbred racing than Cam Fella.

Cam Fella has been an icon in North American harness racing, having more accomplishments than any other horse in the sport. His durability, determination, and most importantly, his heart drove Cam Fella to be the champion he was and will always be remembered for.

His career on the racetrack spanned three years – 1982 – 1984. His heart and fortitude made him the champion racehorse he was - a crowd pleaser and fan favourite from the east coast to the west coast and no horse has matched Cam Fella’s popularity.

He did more than any horse to focus public attention on harness racing during the 1980s, challenging all comers at tracks across North America. He had legions of fans, his own Fan Club and many fans formed an entourage that traveled to wherever Cam Fella raced.

His exploits became legendary. His race record featured 28 consecutive victories, and earnings of over $2 million, which at the time made him the richest pacer in history.

He then retired from racing to the breeding shed and his indelible mark as a Standardbred sire changed the course of the pacing breed forever. Retired to stud in New Jersey, Cam Fella became one of the greatest stallions in the history of the standardbred horse. He sired 1,002 foals. His offspring have accumulated over $107 million and include 16 winners of at least $1 million and 270 performers that earned $100,000 or more. Average earnings per starter is an amazing $127,807. His last foal, Eternal Camnation was recently inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. She earned more than $4.1 million and won 47 of her 101 starts over six racing seasons.

In 1997, Cam’s stud career ended when he had to be gelded because of cancer. He then went on to another career, as an Ambassador for harness racing. He was taken on a tour of 27 major raceways and small-town tracks across North America to raise money for charity, attracting large crowds to greet him at every stop. At the end of the tour, he resided at the Kentucky Horse Park where he lived until he died in May, 2001.

To ensure that Cam Fella’s “unparalleled contributions to the sport would never be forgotten,” Standardbred Canada established “The Cam Fella Award” to recognize extreme effort and dedication to Canadian harness racing by an individual or group. The award was established in 1997 and fittingly Cam Fella was the first winner.

Known as “The Pacing Machine”, and “The People’s Horse”, Cam Fella was not only a great racehorse, but an incredibly majestic sire of champions and world record holders, and an exceptional Ambassador for Canadian harness racing.

SC encourages fans to show support for Cam Fella by adding statements in favour of his induction in the comment box below.

Fans and supporters of Cam Fella are encouraged to share this story on social media by stating: It's about time #CamFella2014 and posting the image attached on the right.

January 24, 2014 - 2:17 pmNo other standardbred would

No other standardbred would be more deserving of this honour and I can't figure out what has taken so long.
Lynda Bourgon

January 19, 2014 - 9:04 pmPersonally I think Cam Fella

Dale Leiska SAID...

Personally I think Cam Fella is the greatest standardbred race horse of all time.
His accomplishments on and off the track are legendary. Retired from racing as the richest horse of all time and winning 28 races in a row to end his career will probably never be touched. His offspring included numerous world record holders and many horse of the year honors. His legions of fans and popularity are still unmatched. He is well deserving of inclusion in the sports hall of fame. Congratulations on perhaps the greatest racing and breeding careers of all time.
Your fans forever Dale & Don Leiska.

January 19, 2014 - 10:30 amCam Fella is synonymous with

Cam Fella is synonymous with harness racing in Canada. For his accomplishments on and off the track, in the breeding shed and as an Ambassador, he deserves to be in the Sports Hall Of Fame. He is harness racings Northern Dancer AND Big Ben

January 17, 2014 - 6:36 pmBut of course this great race

Lynne Magee SAID...

But of course this great race and breeding horse should be in the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame! The question is---why isn't he there already?

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