For the last four years, Talkin' Horses has offered Thoroughbred fans and professionals an opportunity to pose questions to the people who make the headlines. Guests have included owners, trainers, jockeys, industry leaders, and newsmakers from around the world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing. Talkin' Horses is known for its timely analysis of coming events and emotional reminiscences of historic moments on and around the track.
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This Month's Guest: Cot Campbell
Podcast Available - 2/12/2009
When Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell first conceived the idea of ownership of Thoroughbred racehorses through participation in group partnerships, he stepped out onto a new playing field alone-destined ever after to be known as the "father of Thoroughbred racing partnerships" as well as one of the most successful practitioners of the method he created in 1969.
Now-more than three decades and 70-plus stakes winners later-Campbell's Aiken, SC-based Dogwood Stable has formed and managed partnerships that have campaigned a stable of runners that includes BC Juvenile Fillies winner and champion 2YO Filly Storm Song, Preakness winner-and Kentucky Derby runner-up-Summer Squall, Eclipse Award Steeplechase champion Inlander, Smok'n Frolic, Trippi, Limehouse, and Cotton Blossom. The current roster includes 52 horses— from two-year-olds to seasoned track veterans. Dogwood horses compete at the most prestigious tracks in the East and Midwest.
Campbell is also one of the most honored members of the Thoroughbred community. Among the honors bestowed upon Dogwood's founder are the John W. Galbreath Award for "exceptional entrepreneurial and management skills" in the equine industry and the Clay Puett Award (University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program's 30th annual Symposium). Campbell was feted as the 2004 Honor Guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America and named chairman of the Sales Integrity Task Force that produced the TOBA Code of Ethics for Thoroughbred Auctions in December of that same year.
The author of two books published by Eclipse Press (Lightning in a Jar and Rascals and Racehorses), Campbell's most recent work is his autobiography, Memoirs of a Long Shot....A Riproarious Life. Cot is also an active presenter of awards in his own rite, having created and bestowed Dogwood Stable's Dominion Award upon deserving backstretch workers and unsung heroes of racing since its inception in 1993. Cot routinely posts podcasts of his own, Cot's Views, where he takes a no holds barred look at some of the current issues within the Thoroughbred industry.