Trainer William E. Croll, son of deceased Hall of Fame conditioner Warren A. “Jimmy” Croll Jr., died Jan. 15 in Hollywood, Fla.
The younger Croll started in racing walking hots before class as a teenager. He later operated his own stable and saddled stakes winners Get Up Honey, Clan Lake, Silver Surfer, and The Branks in the early 1980s .
Croll assisted his father when the latter trained 1994 Horse of the Year Holy Bull and earlier champions Parka, Forward Gal, and Housebuster, and 1987 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Bet Twice. Croll took over the day-to-day operations when his father retired in 2002.
Croll’s survivors include his mother, Roberta, son Toby, and daughter Billie Rae. Donations may be made to The Virginia Horse Center Foundation, Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show, 487 Maury River Road, Lexington, Va., 24450.
The Croll family plans to have an equestrian event named in Croll’s honor.