Cothran “Cot” Campbell, the Dogwood Stable founder who pioneered partnerships in horse racing and entered the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame this year, died Saturday, according to Aiken Standard reporter Deirdre B. Biles. He was 91.

Campbell began Dogwood Stable in 1967. Forty years later, and in the same year top runner Palace Malice won the Belmont Stakes, the operation merged into the current Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners group.

Dogwood Stable is credited for bringing more than 1,200 new owners into racing with at least 70 stakes winners campaigned in its green and yellow silks, also among them Summer Squall, the 1990 Preakness Stakes winner, and Storm Song, who won the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and earned an Eclipse Award.

Campbell came up with the idea to syndicate shares of horses to both bring in new owners and minimize risk.

A native of New Orleans who settled in Aiken, S.C., Campbell served as a trustee at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame — he was welcomed as part of the most-recent “Pillars of the Turf” class — and received the Eclipse Aware of Merit in 2012.“I’ve had an absolutely wonderful life,” he said upon entering the Hall of Fame. “A hell of a lot of it is due to the lady I married (Anne Campbell) and a hell of a lot of it is due to the horses. My career in racing has taken me to Japan and Dubai and all over Europe. I’ve done business with the Aga Khan and Queen Elizabeth and Sheikh Mohammed. My life has been adventurous, glamorous, exciting and tumultuous … and no one could be more aware of it and more appreciative of it.”

Aiken’s First Baptist Church announced that arrangements are pending.


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