Noted Florida Breeder Gilbert Campbell Passes Away

Gilbert G. Campbell, co-owner with wife Marilyn, of Stonehedge Farm South near Williston, Fla,. died Thursday at Lowell General Hospital in Massachusetts, following a brief illness.

Campbell was 91. Besides his wife Marilyn, he is survived by his son Gary Campbell who told Lowell Sun reporter, “Despite his remarkable success in business, he was incredibly humble. He was such a down-to-earth person who would treat the janitor with the same respect he would treat the CEO.”

Campbell, a successful businessman in several industries is most remembered for his stellar accomplishments and decades of dedication to the Florida Thoroughbred industry. Longtime Stonehedge Farm South manager, Larry King, commented “He loved his horses and we inspected them all every time they (the Campbells) came down, and he would say “I can’t wait to see these run.” Marilyn is very involved and loves the horses . . . and his wishes which he had told me many times was for it to keep right on going forward.”

Leading Florida breeder and former president of the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association, Gilbert G. Campbell was a multiple graded stakes-winning owner who won 461 races with earnings of more than $13 million under his name and then an additional $6,078,818 under Stonehedge LLC. In 2013, the top horseman ranked 75th by earnings in North America and was among the top 100 by wins in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2001, and 2013 (since 2000 *Equibase).

Campbell’s top homebreds include millionaire multiple graded stakes winner, Grade 1-placed Blazing Sword; graded stakes winners Ivanavinalot (Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes and dam of two-time filly champion Songbird); Watch Me Go (Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby); Friel’s for Real (Grade 3 Pimlico Breeders’ Cup Distaff Handicap); etc.

Among 15 Stonehedge winners that have scored in the ‘Tradition-rich’ Florida Sire Series are most recently, sons of Cajun Breeze (standing at Stonehedge Farm South), Cajun’s Magic and Dean Delivers, who brought home the exacta for owner/breeder Stonehedge LLC, in the FTBOA Florida Sire Dr. Fager S. at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., July 31.

It goes without saying, Gilbert G. Campbell will go down in racing’s history books as one of Florida’s legendary horsemen.

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