Remembering Cot Campbell: ‘Endless Gratitude To The Father Of Racing Partnerships’

The racing world reacted with sadness and appreciation when word spread about the death on Saturday of W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell, the master of Dogwood Stable who was widely credited as the creator of shared ownership in racehorses through organized partnerships.

Campbell, 91, died at his home in Aiken, S.C., where he and wife Anne have lived and worked since 1986. He founded his first racing partnership nearly 20 years earlier. Dogwood has campaigned 80 stakes winners, including classic winners Summer Squall (Preakness) and Palace Malice (Belmont Stakes). By his count, more than 1,200 people became partners in Dogwood Stable horses, including many like the late Bob and Beverly Lewis, who learned from the experience and went on to develop their own successful racing stable.

More importantly, Dogwood paved the way for other racing partnerships to grow and flourish, helping redefine them from a niche, not entirely appreciated curiosity business, to an important, mainstream player in the Thoroughbred industry. Many racetrack executives who originally bemoaned the partnerships because of having to cater to the various partners would eventually embrace them – even to the point of creating their own partnerships or racing clubs.

Below is a sampling of comments on Twitter in appreciation of Cot Campbell, whose many industry accolades and honors include an Eclipse Award of Merit and Thoroughbred Club of America Honor Guest.

Cot Campbell’s passing has left an immeasurable void in the Eclipse family. No adjectives or superlatives are capable of doing Cot justice. Cot’s legacy speaks for itself. He gave Eclipse the ultimate endorsement and was a pal, mentor, confidant and partner extraordinaire.

— Eclipse Thoroughbred (@EclipseTBP) October 28, 2018

.@Tomdurkin14 and Cot Campbell having a lovely moment this past Summer at Saratoga…we will miss you Cot, thank you for your dedication and revolutionary way of thinking. Sending condolences to his loved ones.

— NYRA (@TheNYRA) October 28, 2018


Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow the horse industry and the NY Race Track Chaplaincy feel for the passing of our dearest friend Cot Campbell. Now, the angels rejoice as a good soul has finally made its way home!

— Humberto Chavez (@ChaplainChavez) October 28, 2018

Cot got his one more big damn win five years ago in the Belmont, and now the game has sustained one big damn loss. A precious piece of Thoroughbred racing’s heart has gone quiet with the death of Cothran Campbell.

— Jay Hovdey (@JayHovdey) October 28, 2018

R.I.P. Mr. Cot Campbell. All racing partnerships have you and Anne to thank for the once innovative idea of pooling funds and spreading risk. You set the bar pretty high! We’ll do our best to honor your legacy.

— Starlight Racing (@StarlightRacing) October 28, 2018

Thirty years ago I was both honored and scared when I boarded a private plane and the other passenger was Cot Campbell. He told me he was impressed with me as a trainer. I read his books and was equally impressed. It was such an honor to become his trainer. I will miss him so.

— Gary Contessa (@GaryContessa) October 28, 2018

Cot Campbell was a titan of the Thoroughbred industry. He was a great innovator. More importantly, he was a man of great integrity. Condolences to his strong family and many friends.

— Boyd Browning (@btbrowning) October 28, 2018

Thank you Cot. You meant so much to so many in racing. A life well-lived. #bethouatpeace

— Terry Finley (@TerryFinley11) October 28, 2018

Keeneland remembers industry leader Cot Campbell, a prominent figure at our annual sales and whose Dogwood Stable won 8 stakes races at #Keeneland over the course of five decades.

— Keeneland (@keeneland) October 27, 2018

Cot Campbell was a wonderful man who was always gracious and kind. He always returned his phone calls, and he always had a colorful quote or an interesting story to tell. I will miss him very much. He made the world a better place.

— Deirdre B. Biles (@DBethBiles) October 28, 2018

Cot Campbell was a visionary who bettered our industry by making racing accessible to so many people, many of whom have continued to invest in and champion the game. And he was a good egg, besides. Rest in peace.

— Nicole Russo (@DRFRusso) October 28, 2018

Cot Campbell was a conscientious horsemen, an innovative creator of modern racing partnerships, a Hall of Famer and an Eclipse Award of Merit recipient. He was also a kind and gracious person. Our deepest sympathies to Anne and the rest of the Campbell family.

— Alex Waldrop (@AlexWaldrop) October 28, 2018

Our utmost condolences to the family and friends of Cot Campbell. The racing community owes endless gratitude to the father of racing partnerships.

— Centennial Farms (@Centennial_Farm) October 27, 2018

Without Cot none of us syndicators are here. He was the first and the one we strived to be. We will never forget flying to Aiken and spending the day with him early in our careers. Like walking through town with the Godfather. Well, not like. He was.

— LRF Racing Club (@lrfracing) October 27, 2018

How is possible that even at 91 years old it just never occurred to me that we could lose him? R.I.P. Mr. Campbell. You will never be forgotten.

— Donna Brothers (@DonnaBBrothers) October 28, 2018

Cot Campbell was a remarkable man.
Changed our industry with syndication.
Always kind and approachable to all.
He was willing to give his thoughts and opinion to all.
Deepest condolences to Anne and all his family.

— Geoffrey G. Russell (@GrussellG) October 28, 2018


REMEMBERING COT CAMPBELL, Who passed away today…His Colt SUMMER SQUALL Was a Favorite, May you Rest In Peace ……..Augusta Outdoors: Horse Racing in Aiken, South Carolina and Cot Campbell 2013….. via @YouTube

— Gary McIntyre (@Gary_McIntyre56) October 27, 2018

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