Texas Horseman Ed Dodwell Dies
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Rachel Alexandra was prepared for racing by Texas horseman Ed Dodwell and his wife, Caroline.

Texas horseman Ed Dodwell, who with his wife, Caroline, prepared Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra for racing, died June 17 at Presbyterian Hospital in Greenville, Texas, as a result of a heart attack. He was 72.

Dodwell and his wife established the 185-acre Double D Ranch near Lone Oak, Texas, where they trained their own horses that raced on the Texas and Louisiana circuits and prepared other horses for racing careers.

Among the stakes winners trained by Dodwell were multiple stakes winners Pure Mischief, Joan Katherine, Brick Works, and Sky Hi Cat.

In addition to Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, the Dodwells have developed more than 190 stakes winners for racing, including Jim’s Orbit, Morris Code, Baghdaria, Sowtime Deb, and Rapid Proof.

A four-time president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, Dodwell was honored with that organization’s T.I. “Pops” Harkins Aweard for contributions to the association and racing in Texas.

In addition to his wife, Dodwell is survived by his son, Jimmy, who manages Double D Ranch, and a daughter, Dawn Hofer.

Services will be held Thursday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at the Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville, TX. 

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