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12th November 2006

W.Cothran “Cot” Campbell

USA author and the father of thoroughbred racing syndications.

When Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell first conceived the idea of ownership of thoroughbred racehorses through participation in syndicates, or partnerships as they are known in the USA, he stepped out onto a new playing field alone, destined ever after to be know as the “father of thoroughbred racing partnerships” as well as one of the most successful practitioners of the method he created in 1969.

Now, more than three decades and 70 plus USA stakes winners later, Campbell’s Aiken, SC based Dogwood Stable has formed and managed partnerships that have campaigned a stable of runners that includes BC Juvenile Fillies winner and champion 2 year old filly Storm Song, Preakness winner, and Kentucky Derby runner up, Summer Squall, Eclipse Award Steeplechase champion Inlander, Smok’n Frolic, Trippi, and Limehouse, with a current roster that includes among its 61 runners the highly regarded and likely Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies starter Cotton Blossom.

Campbell is also one of the most honored members of the thoroughbred community. Among the honors bestowed upon Dogwood’s founder are the John W. Galbreath Award for “exceptional entrepreneurial and management skills” in the equine industry and the Clay Puett Award (University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program’s 30th annual symposium). Campbell was feted as the 2004 Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America and named chairman of the Sales Integrity Task Force that produced the TOBA Code of Ethics for Thoroughbred Auctions in December of that same year.

The author of two books published by Eclipse Press (Lightning In A Jar and Rascals and Racehorses), Campbell is currently at work on his autobiography, which is tentatively entitled Memoirs of a Long Shot – A Riproarious Life, with publication plans yet to be announced. Cot is also an active presenter of awards in his own rite, having created and bestowed Dogwood Stable’s Dominion Award upon deserving backstretch workers and unsung heroes of racing since its inception in 1993.

Recently Campbell made the following comment when asked about unsoundness in the modern thoroughbred.

Campbell had this so say: “I feel that as long as there is big money available at the auctions for yearlings that are bred to be precocious, there will be little incentive to breed for stamina. I used to buy a lot of horses in England, France and Argentina where the bloodlines offer more stamina. However, too many American horsemen began doing the same thing and the prices soared out of reach. It is sad that the breed is becoming ridiculously unsound”.
Campbell’s Sydnicate raced the successful Stallion Nassipour which he sold to New Zealand’s Ra Ora Stud.

Article from: USA Bloodhorse Magazine