Aiken HOF Hosts Cot Campbell Tribute & Silent Auction

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Cot Campbell

An exhibit celebrating late W. Cothran “Cot” Campbell’s life will open at the Aiken Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing Museum Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 pm. A silent auction, which will benefit the Hall of Fame, will be held from 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for various memorabilia–including trophies, artwork and win photos–from the Dogwood Stable collection, donated by Campbells’ wife, Anne. The exhibition is free to the public.

Campbell, who changed the sport of Thoroughbred racing when he developed the concept of syndicated ownership, was born Sept. 27, 1927, in New Orleans, and passed away Oct. 27, 2018, at his home in Aiken.

Among the outstanding horses that carried Dogwood’s green-and-yellow silks were 2013 GI Belmont S. winner Palace Malice, 1990 GI Preakness winner Summer Squall and 1996 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Storm Song, who won the Eclipse Award as the nation’s champion 2-year-old filly.

Included among Campbell’s Achievements/Award:

• Aiken Standard Person of the Year in 2003

• Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce ‘Man of the Year’ in 2006

• Inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007

• Eclipse Award of Merit in 2012

• Inducted into the Saratoga Walk of Fame in 2016

• National Racing Hall of Fame Pillars of the Turf in 2018

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