Cot Campbell

Cot Campbell

Anne M. Eberhardt

Dogwood President Cot Campbell to Retire

Dogwood horses include Preakness winner Summer Squall and champion Storm Song.

W. Cothran (Cot) Campbell, president of Dogwood Stable and originator of the partnership concept in Thoroughbred racing, will no longer form racing partnerships after Jan. 1, but will continue to manage those in existence, the stable has announced in a release.

“I suppose my new status could be regarded as ‘semi-retirement.’ However, it may well be that Dogwood—in a newly structured form—will continue the formation of new racing partnerships, but my only responsibility will be to see to the servicing of the partners and partnerships that are on the books now,” Campbell said.

“I adore racing horses, and will always keep at it, being involved in a variety of ways,” he added. “What a wonderful life I have. However, though I am plenty fit and healthy, I am ready to ease off after doing this since 1971. This move will be no great shock, so it follows that we will be talking with several outfits and individuals that could be part of a restructured Dogwood, hopefully including a couple of key people currently with us.”

Campbell said he has been in touch with Dogwood’s 90 partners (involved in 43 different partnerships), and they understood his complete commitment to the management of their existing horses.

“We have a wonderful client roster. Some partners who have been with us as long as 35 years,” Campbell said. “Many have become close friends. Since we started we estimate that we have brought into racing around 1,200 people, and we have certainly bought that many horses.”

After dabbling with partnerships in the late 1960s in Atlanta, Campbell bought and campaigned l971 grade I-winning 2-year-old filly Mrs. Cornwallis.

Campbell’s partnership concept of racehorse ownership was high profile, and national media attention was focused on it, and Campbell was soon able to abandon his successful advertising agency business in Atlanta and New York, and go in the horse business, establishing Dogwood Farm in middle Georgia. In 1986 Dogwood sold its farm and moved its entire operation to Aiken, S.C.

Mrs. Cornwallis and Dogwood’s sprinting star Aikenite were the first and last of eight graded stakes winners at Keeneland, which qualified Dogwood to receive the coveted Gold Tray, presented to Cot and his wife, Anne, Oct. 21 in a ceremony at the track.

Dogwood has campaigned 76 stakes winners and has 15 grade I winners including 1990 Preakness Stakes winner Summer Squall, who ran second in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). The group also includes  1996 champion juvenile filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Storm Song and another champion, Inlander. Dogwood has competed in six runnings of the Kentucky Derby with seven horses and contested 10 Breeders’ Cup races.