Dogwood Stable Room
The Dogwood office and the Campbell’s home were filled with trophies and photos that spanned nearly five decades of racing… and a glorious life. A significant part of this collection is now on permanent display in the new Dogwood Room in the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum. The Dogwood Room opened on October 26, 2014.
“Aiken, South Carolina, is one of the greatest racehorse towns in the world – right there with Newmarket, England, and Chantilly, France,” explained Cot Campbell. “The fact that Dogwood has been honored with this special recognition in our wonderful Aiken racing museum is a very big deal to us. The museum already honors Mack Miller, Jim Maloney and Pete Bostwick with permanent displays, and that we would belong to such a select group is very meaningful to us.”
The Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Museum is nestled within Hopelands Gardens and has been open to the public since 1977. There are 40 Thoroughbreds enshrined in the Hall of Fame (including Dogwood’s champion filly Storm Song) as well as displays honoring Aiken’s notable horsemen.
The Dogwood Room is located on the second floor of the museum and will house trophies that range from trays to punch bowls. Photos tell a pictorial history of the stable from the earliest runners to the most recent stable star, Palace Malice. Other memorabilia, such as the Dogwood racing silks and saddle cloths will also be on display.
“Dogwood Stable has been a key component in Aiken’s equine history for many years, so the creation of a permanent room in the Hall of Fame dedicated to their successes was very appropriate,” said Lisa Hall, Museum Coordinator.