Updated on 09/15/2011 1:35PM

Trainer Camac and wife shot dead


Bob Camac, one of the leading trainers in the history of Philadelphia Park, and his wife, Maryann, were found dead from apparent gunshot wounds on the rear patio of their horse farm in Oldsman Township, N.J., according to the Salem County prosecutor's office.

Bob Camac was 61. Maryann Camac was 53.

A press conference was scheduled for Friday afternoon at which time it is expected someone will be charged with the double homicide.

"We're close to charging someone," Chuck Miller, chief of detectives for Salem County, said Friday morning.

State police found the two bodies at approximately 8:30 a.m. Thursday after there were reports of gunshots in the area.

According to Daily Racing Form statistics, Camac won 1,830 races from 9,846 starters. He also had 1,586 seconds and 1,443 thirds. His horses earned $28,656,623.

The best horse Camac trained was *. He also trained stakes winners Fire Plug, Cagey Exuberance, and American Champ.

Camac was among the top five winningest trainers at Philadelphia Park, where he was the leading trainer at the 1988 fall meet. In recent years, Camac also kept a string at Delaware Park.

"A stand-up guy, very classy, and a good horseman," Scott Lake, the current leading trainer at Philadelphia Park, said of Camac. "I was talking to him the other day and he said 'You never claimed off me.' When my owners asked me to claim one off him, I said no reason to, he evaluates a horse better than anyone. If he lays one in it's because it ain't got many [races] left in them."

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