A guest on The Meadowlands' In The Sulky pre-race show on Friday, March 24, John Campbell discussed plans for his final drives with Bob 'Hollywood' Heyden, who announced that harness racing's all-time leading driver will be inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame this year.
While discussing his upcoming driving retirement and July 1 start date as President and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, Campbell said, "Until that time, I'm going to continue driving and hopefully pick up some decent horses and some stakes horses maybe in May and June, but after that I'll be full-time at the Hambletonian Society. I'll finish up my driving career with a Hall of Fame race in Goshen and then at Legends Day in Clinton on July 30."
A member of the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame (1990), Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1987) and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (2009), Campbell will also be inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame on October 2. He will be the first inductee from the Standardbred industry, joining Thoroughbred greats Avelino Gomez, E. P. Taylor, Northern Dancer, Roger Attfield and Sandy Hawley.
"Any time you're getting outside your realm of your industry and sport, that's a great honour," he said.
Campbell also discussed what his responsibilities will be as President and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, his family's reaction to his new role, his 40th wedding anniversary and vow renewal and some of his driving career highlights.