Ed Dodwell Dies

Texas trainer dies June 17.

June 18, 2012

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Ed Dodwell, 72, a prominent Texas horseman who made a name for himself with the top-class Quarter Horse runner Quincy Rocket, died Sunday, June 17. His Diamond D Ranch, in Lone Oak, Texas, also gave 2009 Thoroughbred Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra her early training lessons.

Dodwell suffered a heart attack early Sunday morning, and was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital in Greenville, Texas. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home in Greenville, Texas, according to his daughter-in-law Jodi Dodwell.

Ed Dodwell was born in Travis, Texas, and grew up in the Waco area. He began training as a teenager, and made a name for himself with the multiple stakes winning Rocket Bar (TB) mare Quincy Rocket. Quincy Rocket won 19 of 42 starts, earning $155,735 from 1968 to 1970. She raced in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, California and Kentucky.

Dodwell would go on to dominate a number of Thoroughbred stakes for 2-year-olds in the Southwest region, including the Jean Laffite at Delta Downs and juvenile races at Louisiana Downs and tracks across Texas.

He founded Diamond D Ranch in 1981 with his wife, Caroline. The 185-acre training center east of Dallas develops about 100 young horses for the track each season, and through the years the Dodwells have turned out 192 individual stakes winners. Rachel Alexandra is the most prominent graduate, while others include Jim’s Orbit, Morris Code, Baghdaria, Showtime Deb, Darby’s Daughter, and Rapid Proof.

Dodwell retired in 2004 following a heart attack, and his son, Jimmy Dodwell now serves as farm trainer and manager of Diamond D, with assistance from Caroline. He is also survived by a daughter, Dawn Hofer, who lives in Trophy Club, Texas.