D O G W O O D S T A B L E N E W S L E T T E R
VOL. XXXV No. 2 MAY 2011
With Eighth Keeneland Graded Stakes Win… Aikenite – The Hero
Blue Grass Keeneland awards a gold Luge II, Summer Squall (2),
Summer Squall tray when a stable has won British Banker. Golden Gale,
eight graded stakes (and eight and Vicarage.
gold julep cups) at that race track. It is a heady experience when
Dogwood joined that exclusive fra- you look at the list of stables that
Fayette H. ternity on April 16 when Aikenite have won the gold tray… and the
Summer Squall won the Grade 2, $175,000 Commonwealth stables that have not won the gold tray!
Stakes at Keeneland, now in its 75th year It was momentous for us in a variety of
of operation. ways. Significant because it represented the
Aikenite struck a mighty blow for first stakes victory for a horse who has faced
Phoenix himself, and for Dogwood, when he reeled the very best in Breeders’ Cup and Classics
Breeders’ Cup in the leader in competition, and has
British Banker deep stretch and romped NEWS FLASH! Aikenite Wins been graded stakes
to a two and a half Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes placed four times.
length victory in the On Derby Day! It seemed particu-
seven-furlong stakes. larly appropriate that
Beaumont We have been seek- the horse named for our
Golden Gale ing that elusive num- hometown of Aiken,
ber eight for a while South Carolina, should
now, and are honored ring the bell in this sig-
to have attained a rari- nificant manner.
Perryville fied status with a hand- And then, Dogwood
Vicarage ful of renowned outfits. has bought, sold,
In fact, we thought we raced, won, and lost at
were “home and dry” Keeneland for many,
when Aikenite, as a many years. It is the
two-year-old in 2009, came within a neck of epitome of class in the world of Thoroughbred
Commonwealth winning the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. horse racing, and it is very special to us.
Aikenite Other Dogwood heroes and heroines gar- With his great follow-up win in the Grade
nering the preceding seven graded stakes 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Derby Day,
(and Gold Julep Cups) were Mrs. Cornwallis, Aikenite’s earnings now stand at $688,635.
2011 DOGWOOD STABLE ROSTER
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • OLDER HORSES • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
AIKENITE BROTHER BIRD SNAP HAPPY
Graded Stakes Winner, Grade 1 Stakes-Placed Winner Winner
(c. 4 Yes It’s True – Silverlado) (c. 4 Yonaguska – Mining My Own) (f. 4 Lion Heart – Snappy Little Tune)
ATONED MINE TRAIN TRIPPO
Graded Stakes Winner Winner Winner
(h. 6 Repent – Amidst) (c. 4 Mineshaft – Taste the Passion) (c. 4 Trippi – Reely Risky)
BLIMEY SLAMBINO WINGED HERO
Winner Stakes-Placed, Winner Winner
(c. 4 Limehouse – Scorch) (h. 6 Grand Slam – Bloomy) (g. 5 Fusaichi Pegasus – Queen (ire))
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 3-YEAR-OLDS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
BLUE RIGHT BY GINGER SNAPIT PUNSTER
Winner Winner Winner
(g. Bluegrass Cat – Shades of Grace) (f. Tapit – Clever Turk) (c. Distorted Humor – Victory U.S.A.)
CAPTAIN MY CAPTAIN GLACKETY RISKER
Winner Winner (g. Forest Wildcat – Risk)
(g. Officer – Purer Than Pure) (f. Smoke Glacken – Shawnee Legend) SKY MUSIC
CHARLESTONIAN LOU BRISSIE Stakes Winner
(c. Broken Vow – For Dixie) Graded Stakes Winner (c. Sky Mesa – Silence Please)
DRUMETTE (c. Limehouse – Fearless Wildcat) STORMY THE CAT
(f. Henny Hughes – Endless Parade) MALIBU RHYTHM Stakes-Placed, Winner
FORUM (g. Malibu Moon – Menifeeque) (c. Storm Cat – Unrestrained)
Winner PAZITIVELY PERFECT TOREADOR
(c. Roman Ruler – Winner’s High) (c. Pleasantly Perfect – La Paz) (c. Grand Slam – Scarlet Tango)
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 2-YEAR-OLDS • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
BEHEMOTH GLORYLAND RACONTEUR
(c. Giant’s Causeway – Quiet Reward) (c. Pulpit – Netherland (arg)) (c. A.P. Indy – Miss Kate)
BIG SCREEN INGENUE SMOKE IT OVER
(c. Speightstown – Scene Maker) Winner (c. Cherokee Run – Clary Sage)
CAT GIRL (f. Mr. Greeley – Meadow Breeze) STREET FIGHT
(f. Discreet Cat – Famous Story) JACK SEABROOK (c. Street Sense – Reportedly)
CERTAINTY (c. Hard Spun – Fontal (arg)) THESSALONIAN
(f. Lawyer Ron – I Don’t Know) LIBERTY BOUND (c. Corinthian – Clear Destiny)
FURMAN BISHER (c. Mr. Greeley – Hello Liberty) WAGON TRAIN
(c. Langfuhr – Millashand) LOVE MAN (c. Gone West – Mossflower)
(c. Scat Daddy – Russian Broad)
Caption Contest Results
S Calling This zany photo elicited “Cot later decided on
the most responses of any horses” – Larry Gleason
contest in recent memory “And down the stretch
Here’s our Dogwood Stable ros- when we put out the call for they come! It’s history in
ter, and the person who can come up your captions! More than 100 the making… as the oldest
with the most unique story using the entries were sent to our office offspring of Birdstone…
names will be the winner of our latest and the Dogwood staff has with the oldest female
contest. It may be difficult to use all never laughed so much! jockey aboard… wins
the names, but try your best! The win- Here is the win- it… by a neck!”
ner will receive signed copies of Cot ning caption – penned by – Dave Johnson
Campbell’s three books… and we will Sherri Renzi of Louisville, “Grandma lost her
publish the story in our next Dogwood Kentucky: “If my bridge glasses, but no one had
newsletter. The deadline for this “liter- club gets wind of this, I’ll the heart to tell her she
ary” contest is August 8. be ostrichcized.” Sherri will wasn’t on her horse!”
When we ran a similar contest in receive a Dogwood gift bag – Warren Navarre
2007, Dogwood partner Dean DeLuke for her hard work! “Lady Godiva’s first
was our winner – and he has gone on to But, because there were run!” – Mark Shevick
publish his first novel, Shedrow. Who so many fabulous respons- “Getting ‘legged up’”
knows what creative juices may be es, we thought we’d share “If my bridge club gets wind of this, – Reg Lansberry
I’ll be ostrichcized.”
unleashed this year! some of our favorites: “If you plan to race this
So, Smoke It Over and channel the “I said I wanted to ride bird, you will need a
writing prowess of Furman Bisher and Mine That Bird, not That Bird is Mine” shadow roll and a martingale!” – Sonny Via
jump on the Wagon Train to fame (if – Libbie Johnson “I believe the genie misunderstood my
not fortune)! “Never mind the bird, how do they expect me to wish – I asked for a chick with long legs!”
ride at 115 in this getup?” – Will Springstead – Ronald Cohen
Aiken Trials: 0 for 4!
This year marked the 69th running of the down the backstretch before Captain came to
Aiken Trials, a local event that we adore and a stop, but when the pair reloaded, Captain
have supported for more than two decades. reared at the break as well. It was amazing that
We ran four horses – and, we didn’t win a he came in third!
race! There have been years when we have Our two-year-old filly Ingenue was our
won with every horse, but at the very least we best runner of the day, finishing second in her
win one race. In 2011 it was embarrassing. race. The start of the baby races looks very
Several of our horses had gate issues, much like a pinball game – with horses head-
never a good thing when the races are either ing off in every direction. By the time they get
a quarter mile (two-year-olds) or four and a straightened out there’s not much running time
half furlongs (older horses). It was actually our before the wire – but Ingenue was coming
older horses who acted up the most: Drumette down the stretch like a freight train, second by
reared at the break and lost all chance, while only a head at the wire.
Captain My Captain broke through the gate Smoke It Over, our other two-year-old
before the bell rang, unseated his rider – entry, was never in the running after taking a
Salvador Torres – who miraculously held sharp right out of the gate.
Ingenue driving (She was second. Went to
Keeneland and won). on to the reins. Sal was dragged halfway But there was a silver lining to the day.
Three of the four horses shipped to Keeneland
The Dominion Award Comes to an End
soon after the Trials and acquitted themselves
well at that Kentucky track. Ingenue broke her
maiden on April 9, becoming Dogwood’s first
H. W. “Salty” “Industry Award” two-year-old winner of the year; Captain My
Roberts and Barbi in his honor. When Captain won on April 13 in his first start; and
Moline have not only Dominion died, Smoke It Over was second on April 27. All
been winners of the Dogwood Stable broke well from the gate!
Dogwood Dominion established a similar It is interesting to note that the horses we
Award, they are also award in this country. have run in the Aiken Trials since 1987 have
the bookends to our We never dreamed gone on to win $8,748,517 at the races (this
wonderful award we would be doing it number is good through May 1).
that has spanned 18 for 18 years. It has All of our horses here in Aiken are trained
years. Designed to been an honor, and by the team of Ron Stevens and Brad Stauffer.
honor an “unsung has done a lot of Exercise rider Salvador Torres does a superb
hero in racing,” the good, but now we’ll job riding for us in the mornings, and was in
award began in 1993 close it down,” the saddle for our four Trials (although per-
and was given for the Campbell said. haps he wished he hadn’t been).
final time in 2010. Each year rough-
“There’s no complicated reason for ly 45 nominations have been sent to
why we ended it,” explained Dogwood Mary Jane Howell, the Dogwood Public
President Cot Campbell. “It’s just that Relations Director, and these have been
we’ve done it for almost two decades. It judged by a panel of three judges: Anne
has made a fine contribution to racing, Campbell, Todd Pletcher and Jay Hovdey.
encouraging an outgrowth of other awards Through the years Mack Miller, Pat Day,
of a humanitarian nature, and now we Penny Chenery, and Jerry Bailey have also GRAND SIERRA 04/22/11 19:55:51
think it’s alright to quit doing it.” served as Dominion Award judges. STRAIGHT
Each year since 1993 Dogwood has The Dominion Award winner was hon- DOGWOOD WIN BC RACE &APOS;11
awarded $5,000, along with a bronze of ored annually at a luncheon at the Saratoga 4981 YES
EVENT DATE; 11/07/11
Dogwood’s 1970’s campaigner Dominion, Reading Rooms, an event that became TAKE: $5,000.00 TO WIN: $50000.00
to a man or woman who has worked behind part of the racing season’s social tapestry. -------------------------------------------------
the scenes to create a positive influence on Invitees included industry leaders, friends BK 0026-C49A-BDC1 T:107 W:1311
the Thoroughbred racing/breeding environ- of Dogwood and of the recipient. The New 6 0026–C49A-BDC1
ment in which they work. Eight women, York Racing Association would name a race
nine men and one couple – from eight states for the award winner that same afternoon.
– have been honored. Some have striven H.W. “Salty” Roberts was the inaugural
for the horses, some for the people of the winner of the Dogwood Dominion Award in
backstretch and the farms. 1993. He was followed by Howard “Gelo”
“The Dominion Award had its birth in Hall, Peggy Sprinkles, Grace Belcuore,
England. When our fine old campaigner, Nick Caras, Donald “Peanut Butter” Brown, At 10-1 odds, Cot Campbell has
Dominion, went to England for stud duty Danny Perlsweig, Katherine Todd Smith, made a $5,000 bet that a Dogwood
he was noted for siring a steady stream Julian “Buck” Wheat, Shirley Edwards 10-1 Stable horse will win aaBreeders’that a Dogwood
At odds, Cot Campbell has made $5,000 bet Cup
of genuine, hard-knocking, blue collar and Jim Greene, Neftali Gutierrez, Pam horse will November 4 –Cup2011. November 4 – 5,
Stable race on win a Breeders’ 5, race on
racehorses. So noteworthy were his prog- Berg, Jo Anne Normile, Pete Lizarzaburu, 2011.
Dogwood Stable currently has
eny that Great Britain’s Thoroughbred Phyllis Shetron, Vincent Garibaldi, Mary 39 horses.
Breeders’ Association established an Lee-Butte, and Barbi Moline. Dogwood Stable currently has 42 horses.
1 2 3
4 5 6
7 8 9
10 11 12
Aiken… 1. Bath time. 2. There are really 300 nearby listening to Ron Stevens, Aiken Training Track President, at the annual “Breakfast at
the Gallops.” 3. Pre-Trials party. Sharon Brown, her escort, Angie Ellis, and John Adger. 4. Ron Hall, the host and Dean DeLuke. 5. Mary
Jo and Jerry Walker and party “cut-up.” 6. Sharon Brown, Ian and Margaret Smith. 7. Mariachi band at Ron Stevens/Brad Stauffer barn
picnic. 8. Hayes and Clem Clement with equine “Furman Bisher.” 9. Michael and Jamie McWilliams. 10. An enthralled Clem Clement and
Dean DeLuke. 11. Ron Stevens and Pam Johnston. 12. Some adorable offspring of the barn force… slightly restless and ready for barbeque.
13 14 15 16
17 18 19
20 21 22
23 24 25 26
13. Avid Dogwood supporter. 14. Brad Shuler and Dogwood Trials rider Sal Torres. 15. Sal, Kim Baker (longtime Dogwood rider)
and longtime Dogwood president. 16. Unfurling Summer Squall’s saddle cloth is Robin, daughter of Braxton and Damien Lynch.
17. Diane and Chris Baker, manager of the vast racing/breeding operation of the late Edward Evans. 18. At the Track Kitchen. John Poe,
Phyllis Parrish, Dogwood’s invaluable Missy Poe, and Tom Parrish. 19. Aiken visitor Pierre “Peb” Bellocq being shown Hitchcock
Woods by Dione Appleton. Other places… 20. Augusta National’s Rob Johnston and Lynn Swann (football immortal) flank Cot.
21. Keeneland paddock. Neil Howard and Paul Oreffice. 22. Can you identify this dapper race fan of yesteryear? After Aikenite’s
win in the Commonwealth Stakes… 23. The plate being photographed. 24. Here’s to Aikenite! Jack Sadler, Paul and Jo Ann Oreffice
and Carl Myers. 25. The plate! Paul Oreffice. 26. Aikenite.
Cot’s View: The McKinsey Study Podcast
Editor’s Note: Cot Campbell’s The sport and industry is con- tracks are the toilet bowls of the world of
54th podcast on the Cot’s View founded with numerous “catch sports). I lamented that absence of racing
page of our website deals with 22’s” and blind alleys and we news in the print and electronic press. “Why
an in-depth study (commis- need a Moses to lead us out of is that?” the men asked. “Because editors
sioned by the Jockey Club) of the wilderness. say that the readers are more interested in
the Thoroughbred industry by The nature of Dogwood would table tennis, or curling or bowling than in
the renowned consulting firm make it logical that I would be horse racing,” I told them. Though that is
McKinsey & Company. The interviewed by McKinsey rep- certainly not true in Lexington, or Saratoga
findings of this study – and the resentatives a few days ago. I’m or Louisville or Hot Springs.
firm’s recommendations – will sure I am one of many branches Clearly, when the legislature of the state
be presented at Saratoga this of knowledge in our industry that of Kentucky does not understand the value
August at the Jockey Club Round Table. Cot will be sought out. Presumably, around July, of horse racing in their state, it points to their
was just one of many industry insiders who the organization will have digested all the per- collective moronic nature and to the fact that
were questioned, and he shares his views in tinent data collected by scores of interviewers, racing has not done a good job of lobbying
the podcast, which we have reprinted here. and they will begin to winnow out the wheat with state and national legislatures. Often this
from the chaff, and create their report. translates to payola.
As you may have read, the Jockey Club The two guys I talked to were predictably But it all boils down to the weary old fact
has engaged the services of McKinsey & bright, and already well founded in the woes that we have no central point of governance,
Company, the world renowned management of Thoroughbred racing. They asked good and I doubt that even McKinsey & Company
consultants – efficiency experts, as they were questions and clearly absorbed the answers. can tell us how to do that.
known in older times. The Jockey Club is pay- They asked me to name my areas of concern. Though I was not asked during this phone
ing for this fine organization of highly intelli- Good Lord, where to start? conference call to venture an answer to the
gent people to find out where in hell racing is I’ve always said I was the luckiest guy dilemma, I did offer that racing must shrink.
heading, and what its future should be. in the world to be in the business of racing Hardly a brilliant revelation, but I stated that
A similar study was made in 1975, but Thoroughbred racehorses. I still am, but at there should be less racing days, less sorry,
the picture was rosy in those days, and God the moment I’m not exactly brimming with down-at-the-heels race tracks. Less horses
knows it is not now. It is a wonderful idea pride over the game’s national image. being bred and racing. In other words more
to launch such a project. In August, at the I plowed into my areas of concern. The quality and less quantity.
Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga their first is the fierce competition for the gam- This is a move that is slowly but surely
findings will be disclosed, and never in the bling dollar, which is one way of saying the taking care of itself.
history of that important event will there takeout is too strong, and the legislatures are But in the meantime, it will be fascinating
have been a more momentous disclosure. not being stroked enough. and exceedingly valuable to learn what the
We are all sick to death of hearing how I cited the absence of a universal medica- efficiency experts come up with. There has
fragmented racing is. But never has it been tion rule; the lack of class and glamour and never been a time when horse racing needed
so fragmented and, in general, screwed up. pageantry that once existed in the presenta- a breakthrough more, nor is more anxious to
Thoroughbred racing is presently being bat- tion of the sport (which is another way of have one.
tered by the most violent of “perfect storms.” saying that some of the modern day race- This is Cot Campbell and this is my view.
History of the “All Horse Memo”
We pride ourselves at Dogwood with our Following are some samplings from vari- him to nurse him through to soundness,
constant communication with our partners. ous All Horse Memos throughout the years: race him if indicated, and then find a good
Something that we’ve done on a regular basis Slambino (April 2011) – We love home for a valiant campaigner. Has eleven
since 1977 is the All Horse Memo, although Slambino! This six-year-old has earned starts, four wins, three seconds and a third.
it used to be called Where the Horses Are: $265,962 in his career. His come-from- Tries like hell.
Racing Roundup when it was published in behind style has provided many thrills for Aikenite (July 2010) – Damned good
the Dogwood Stable newsletter. his large fan club. Prefers grass, but can get it horse, and we are dying to prove it. He’s won
Whatever its name, this multi-paged done when weather demands a switch to the $332,606, has been placed in two Grade 1
memo gives our partners a quick glimpse main track. Eligible now for starter allow- stakes and in a Grade 2. Just won his last start
into the status of each horse in the stable – if ance races. Anyone would love to have a after “failing to show up” in the Preakness.
they have run. There is also an introduction barn full of Slambinos. Classy-looking, big dude is not one to “vol-
that deals with the state of racing in the coun- Toreador (April 2011) – Fine pedigree, unteer” anything, so he does just what he
try at the particular time the memo is written, but doesn’t seem to know it. Ran three times must in the mornings. Stretch runner, he likes
and Dogwood’s immediate racing plans are on dirt in New Orleans, and was nowhere. the overland route and thus has to give away
also outlined. Every partner is kept in the We hope and pray that grass or Polytrack a lot of ground sometimes, but always makes
loop on every horse. is his “hole card.” On his way to Keeneland a dramatic move.
Honesty and brutal frankness are the where we will find out. Looks the part, is in Zenfully (November 2007) – We plan
cornerstones of the All Horse Memo. We good hands but has delivered nothing yet. to run him where surely someone will claim
talk about every horse very bluntly – and Cleric (July 2010) – Limited, but as him: $7,500 claimer at Turfway on November
if an individual doesn’t have a bright future “game as Dick Tracy.” On the shelf now 28. He is one we’ve been trying to cull for
we come out and say it. We believe that our with a serious problem, but he wants to some time. He doesn’t have much ability, I
partners appreciate our honesty. be a racehorse, and can be. We owe it to fear, nor does the game intrigue him.
Farm. My family had draft horses and a thor- Who are your favorite writers? Financial
Q& oughbred that I was forbidden to ride. My
father’s cousin was a jockey. Our neighbor
was a stock dealer (horses and cattle) who
worked as a starter at Pimlico. His son and I
market blogs on the internet or forgettable
thrillers on airplanes comprise most of
my reading now. In fiction, Robert Ruark.
Long ago, I read Something of Value,
had access to an ever-changing herd of ponies
and horses. Unbeknownst to my parents, we
rode all that we could
stay on top of.
Decades later I
started my daughter
riding in Mexico and
Uhuru, Horn of the Hunter, The Honey
Badger and many of his short hunting
stories. They made a huge impression on
me at the time. I don’t know if I would
enjoy them as much now and I fear find-
ing out. In non-fiction, the books that
I have recommended to friends recently
Editor’s Note: Ron Hall grew up on a farm renewed my relationship with horses. The include Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist
in Maryland, but has called Miami home relationship lasted about another decade until Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by
since 1991. Horses have always been a back injuries decreed that I no longer sit on a Levitt and Dubner; Endgame: The End of
part of his life – whether it was riding a horse’s back. So I became a spectator. the Debt SuperCycle and How It Changes
neighbor’s horse on
Your favorite place Everything by John Mauldin; Gringos in
the sly in his younger
to live/favorite place Paradise by Barry Golson and On Mexican
days, having his own to vacation? I like the Time by Tony Cohan.
riding horse when he If you could be an actor in any film –
vitality and comfort of
lived and worked in name the actor and movie. I would never
living in a community
Mexico City, or now, want to be an actor. Real life works for me
within a major metro-
cheering on his six and is easier.
politan area. Sallie and
Dogwood runners. What do you most value in your friends?
I consider “jungly”
Ron is the director Being able to totally relax with them. No hid-
Coconut Grove our
of Capital Markets den agendas, competition or jealousies. Good
home, but also greatly
Financial Services, conversations about topics other than restau-
enjoy the sense of
Inc., a company that rants, vacations, and medical conditions.
feeling at home in
deals with emerging
New York City by Who are your heroes in real life? I don’t
having an apartment have “heroes,” but value highly competent
This business special-
in Greenwich Village. people who base their relationships on hon-
ty has taken Ron all
Two very different esty, dependability and respect for others.
over the world since
environments: aes- If you could have dinner with any living
1971 – he has lived
thetically, culturally person, who would it be? Hank Paulson.
in Spain, Poland, Ron and Sallie Hall at Saratoga.
and weather-wise. Favorite food? Crab cakes made with
England, and Mexico!
Among its prima- Old Bay seasoning and almost any meal
Ron and his wife Sallie have one daughter,
ry attractions, New York City is where our at Pascal’s in Coral Gables or cooked by
Andrea Elish, and two grandchildren. He has
daughter’s family lives. my wife.
been a Dogwood partner since 2009.
As far as vacations go – Ravello on the
How did your relationship begin with Amalfi Coast and anywhere with my family. If one of my horses could win one race,
Dogwood Stable? I ran across a web- which race would it be? The Kentucky
link to Dogwood, read Cot’s books, and What is your greatest extravagance? The Derby, of course.
decided to get involved. The Dogwood Dogwood partnerships. Cot has clearly advised Favorite race track? Saratoga is a gem and
partnerships permit me to share the excite- me that the outcome of these investments may one of the few that I have visited.
ment of racing without requiring of me the be financially disappointing. But so far, my The motto you live by? “Do no harm” is a
skills and time that I lack. return on investment has been entirely satisfy-
I saw Sagamore Farm’s great Native ing in terms of hopeful anticipation and par- One word that describes you? Thinker.
Dancer lose to Dark Star at the 1953 Kentucky ticipation in a sport where I have found great
Best advice you were ever given? “Go for
Derby, and some of his wins. I grew up on a possibilities, beautiful horses, decent people
it!”… it’s applicable to almost any situation.
farm in Maryland not far from Sagamore and a colorful character or two.
The Evolution of Trippi
Though he carried our colors in the 2000 record of seven wins in 14 starts, with a sec-
Kentucky Derby, sprinting was his game and ond and two thirds.
he was “faster than the word of God.” To Trippi began his stallion career at Ocala
top it off, he has gone on to be a world-class Stud in 2002. In 2008 he was purchased by
sire. His name is Trippi and he was one of South African interests and he currently stands
Dogwood’s favorite sons. at Drakenstein Stud Farm. Trippi’s stallion
Cot Campbell purchased Trippi as a two- career has never wavered and his daughter
year-old for $65,000 and he went on to win R Heat Lightning is his leading earner, with
five graded stakes, including the Grade 1 $952,800 in purses. The filly was the favorite
Vosburgh Stakes. He retired at age four with for this year’s Kentucky Oaks before being
$666,220 in purse earnings and an overall withdrawn from the race.
Here at Dogwood we start our day with a “My mare was fitter than I and she gave
morning meeting – going over the horses and a great account of herself,” laughed Charlie
generally keeping each other “in the loop.” after returning home. “We were head and
In such a meeting on May 2, Bill Victor, head for the lead with three furlongs to go,
Dogwood’s treasurer, quietly announced but I weakened in the stretch. I am not sure
that the day marked his 20th anniversary of there was a horse in the British Isles that
working for Dogwood. That made some could have carried me to victory! Having
of the staff start thinking about how long said all that, it was a lifetime experience
they had worked for Dogwood Stable: Jack in front of 70,000 people… and could not
Sadler – 35 years; Mary Jane Howell – 13 have been more exciting.”
years; and Missy Poe – 8 years. Total num- * * *
ber of years – 76! This spring Cot Campbell was a guest
* * * speaker for two dramatically different audi-
ences – a distinguished group of diplomats
who were visiting Aiken in March and a
group of young Thoroughbred industry
insiders known as Vision 20/20, who asked
him to recount his time as the chairman of
Charlie Fenwick on his way to winning the the Sales Integrity Task Force.
1980 Grand National on Ben Nevis. The diplomats, representing all corners
of the globe, were visiting Aiken as part
Charlie Fenwick, winner of the 1980 of a travel initiative which allows them to
Grand National aboard Ben Nevis, returned see various parts of the country – not just
to the hallowed turf of Aintree 21 years later Washington, DC. They were in Aiken over
to ride once more. No – not in the National, Trials Weekend, and one of their stops was
A poignant moment at horsewoman Sally
but in the Aintree Legends Charity Race at the Dogwood barn. Cot enthralled them
Cluff’s memorial service at the Aiken Training on April 9. Twelve jockeys of varying vin- with stories about our various horses, the
Track – her daughter Lei Cluff Ryan spreads tage rode in the fundraising beginnings of Dogwood
her mother’s ashes on the track. event to support the Bob and how he once passed
Champion Cancer Trust, up buying Derby winner
Sally Cluff, a Thoroughbred trainer many of them former win- Canonero II.
and lifelong horsewoman with deep ners of the Grand National. * * *
roots in our hometown of Aiken, The brainchild of Love Man is one of
passed away in early April. In keep- retired jockey – and cancer our new colts purchased
ing with Sally’s love of the track and survivor – Bob Champion, from the Keeneland Two-
all things equine, there was a celebra- the Aintree Legends race Year-Olds in Training
tion of her life at the Aiken Training marked the 30th anniver- Sale in April. A son
Track’s clocker’s stand on April 16, sary of Champion’s amaz- of Scat Daddy out of
which culminated with her daughter ing Grand National win Russian Broad, the colt
Lei Cluff Ryan scattering Sally’s ashes with Aldaniti – a fairytale somewhat coincidental-
around the sandy oval. And if the story if there ever was ly shares a name with
crowd of at least 200 needed a further one. Bob was recovering one of the most color-
reason to shed a tear, Lei was riding from cancer, while his ful jock’s agents in the
Sally’s stable pony Chengas. mount had almost been The original “Love Man” – jock’s business – Ronnie “Love
“Sally was the last vestige of the destroyed after breaking agent Ronnie Ebanks. Man” Ebanks. Ronnie
old school trainers that were in Aiken down a year previously. represents Joel Rosario, a
when Dogwood moved its operation Against all odds, the pair California-based rider who currently sits
from Georgia 25 years ago,” said Cot won the world’s greatest steeplechase atop the jockey standings in earnings.
Campbell. “Trainers like Mack Miller, race in 1981. “Wayne Lukas named a Quarter Horse
Mike Freeman, Bobby Dotter, Frank And how did America’s Charlie for me… but then he gelded him!” said
Wright, Steve Penrod, Al Darlington, Fenwick do at Aintree in 2011? Well, he Ronnie. “Promise me you guys will at
and Buddy Raines were all here, and was ninth of 12, but he signed hundreds of least give Love Man a chance.”
Sally was right in the middle of the mix. autographs and had a great time!
She trained for Mrs. Henry D. Paxson,
and the pair had an association that
lasted 27 years.” W. Cothran Campbell, President
Sally broke and trained Candy Mary Jane Howell, Newsletter Editor
Éclair, 1978 Eclipse Award-winning
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