Badgett Named General Manager Of Gulfstream Park; Campo In New Role With Stronach Group

by | 09.28.2017 | 1:39pm
Former trainer Bill Badgett is now general manager of Gulfstream Park

Due to his growing responsibilities as vice president of racing for The Stronach Group, P.J. Campo has relinquished his role as general manager of Gulfstream Park.

Campo will spend additional time working with The Stronach Group's chief operating officer Tim Ritvo on ways to coordinate the racing schedules and race meets at all Stronach Group tracks while studying the feasibility of shared services and a centralized racing office.

Bill Badgett will assume the role of general manager at Gulfstream effective immediately and Chris Camac has been named racing secretary.

“P.J. has enjoyed great success at Gulfstream improving the racing product and revitalizing summer racing in Florida,” Ritvo said. “We're looking at P.J. to now work more closely at all our tracks as we look to better coordinate and restructure our race meets and services. We have no doubt Bill will do a great job succeeding P.J. as general manager at Gulfstream.”

Campo, who served as both vice president of racing and general manager at Gulfstream for the past four years, said: “We've done a lot of great things these past several years at Gulfstream and we've succeeded in creating a year-round racing program again in Florida. We still believe there's more room for growth in the Florida market. I'm excited to continue my work with The Stronach Group and Tim to help develop all our markets.”

Badgett, who has served as a consultant the past three years for The Stronach Group, was a noted horseman for 35 years, mainly in New York and Florida. Badgett trained nearly 600 winners as well as Breeders' Cup champion Go for Wand and graded-stakes winners Bevo, Clark Street, Timo and End Sweep.

“I'm honored and excited about my expanded role with The Stronach Group,” Badgett said. “We have an incredible team at Gulfstream. I've learned a great deal these past three years from Tim and P.J. and I'm excited to get started.”

Camac, a third generation horseman whose father Charlie was a noted racing official in Florida and New Jersey for five decades, has served as assistant racing secretary under Campo the past 10 years, three in Florida and seven while Campo was VP of racing and director of racing at all three New York tracks – Saratoga, Belmont and Aqueduct.

  • Jan meehan

    Congratulations to both bill badgett,and Chris Camac on their new positions.Im sure you’ll continue to grow and enhance Florida racing as we move forward.

  • John

    Was Bill able to get a licence from Florida DPR ? He was not allowed to have anything to do with the casino and that’s why he was a consultant.
    But I’m sure we will never know the full story since the Stronich Group has a halo around their head in the eyes of most industrie publications

  • Congrats to Bill Badgett. But reading this news release in total gives one the feeling that cost saving and further focus on field size and not quality or what might be advantageous for horse owners is secondary to streamlining. Gulstream Park is really two racing meets: winter/spring and the rest of the year. I for one have cut back on the number of horses I will race at Gulfstream Park during the winter/spring meets because the turf course becomes overused and the low purses reflect the subsidization of races during the remainder of the season. I’d rather race my stock in Southern California, or just wait for racing to return in the spring. The purses during the winter/spring should reflect the money bet on those races, not be reduced to subsidize lower quality racing during the rest of the season.

    • jimmyski

      The purses should reflect the money bet on those races-Try telling that to the horseman stabled at Tampa who run for peanuts compared to their winter handle.Allowance nw of 2 or 3 running for a 24 grand pot when their Sat.handle is 5 to 6 mil.I was told you complain and then get no stalls.

  • Bob Smith

    Congratulations to Billy Badgett. A well deserved promotion to a life long horseman. Best of luck!

    I do fully agree with Mr. Irwin. Gulfstream needs to upgrade winter/spring meet to bring it back to what it was in past years.

  • Angelo

    Another words they are moving this hard on PJ
    Whom everyone despises to get him out of the faces of the So Florida horsemen… got it. Now he is Tims headache

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