Cot Campbell came to racing from the advertising business in Atlanta, Ga., although he became hooked on racing when his father got into the sport – though unsuccessfully – prior to World War II. Campbell began syndicating racehorses in 1969 and created Dogwood Stable in 1973 as a partnership venture. The stable is headquartered in Aiken, South Carolina.
Dogwood has more than 75 stakes winners, including 1990 Preakness Stakes winner Summer Squall, in partnership with Lane’s End Farm, and his daughter Storm Song, who won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 1996. Other notable winners: Dominion, Nassipour, Southjet, Wallenda, Trippi and Limehouse.
Campbell, easily recognized in his well-worn brown fedora, has been the recipient of numerous awards in the sport, including the Eclipse Award of Merit. He is a member of The Jockey Club and has written three books, “Lightning in a Jar,” “Rascals and Racehorses” and “Memoirs of a Longshot”. Campbell’s philosophy: “Energy and enthusiasm will overcome stupidity and bad judgment.”
Dogwood stable campaigns Palace Malice, a son of Curlin. Palace Malice finished just behind Java's War in Keenelands Bluegrass Stakes (G1), before finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby, and then headed to the Belmont Stakes where he won the race by 3 1/4 lengths.