6.9.13 … “Campbell was a promoter with a résumé P. T. Barnum would have been proud of.”

Palace Malice, Cot Campbell, Belmont Stakes 2013, kith/kin:  Love this!

Before Todd Pletcher was a trainer with 200 horses in his stable, millions in his bank account, expensive suits and an exquisite haircut, he was a guy with eight horses who was in desperate need of clients. One of his first was Cot Campbell, a wily old Southerner with an affinity for plaid sports coats and porkpie hats who had pioneered the novel idea that horse ownership did not necessarily have to be exclusive to rich people.

In other words, Campbell was a promoter with a résumé P. T. Barnum would have been proud of. He had been a water ski show master of ceremonies, a sportswriter, an apprentice funeral director and an advertising copywriter before he came up with a plan to syndicate racehorses — to get a few partners who loved the sport to pool their money and have some fun.

He called his outfit Dogwood Stable, and it was successful, but Campbell was looking for a young trainer to take him over the top. In 1996, he chose Pletcher and sent him four horses. On Saturday, leading a heretofore hard-luck colt named Palace Malice by the shank into the sun-splashed winner’s circle of the 145th Belmont Stakes, Campbell, a spry 85, was reminded again that you could do well by doing good.

Wrapping his arm around one of his foundation owners, Pletcher let his eyes wrinkle, a grin crack and some genuine warmth melt his usually stoic face.

via Palace Malice, a Long Shot, Wins Belmont Stakes – NYTimes.com.

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