The Michigan Racing Commission has named Adam Campola, the clerk of scales at the major Maryland tracks since 2000, steward at Great Lakes Downs. The six-month meeting opens May 6."I have had a few fill-in days here and at Colonial Downs but to get a shot at a full-time position is a first step for the next chapter," said Campola, who rode 450 winners as a jockey during the 1980s. "After I stopped riding I didn't know what I was going to do. I galloped horses and got a job on the parking lot then was lucky to land a position in the jocks room."Frank Saumell was promoted from jockeys' room manager to replace Campola. Steve Hamilton, who officially retired last week as a rider, will fill Saumell's former role.
Michigan&#8217;s horseracing industry, already reeling from decreases in revenue and the possible closure of Great Lakes Downs after this season, is facing an Oct. 1 shutdown should the state legislature fail to approve a budget.