W.C. "Bill" Walters, who trained and managed farms in California, died June 21 in Redding, Calif. He was 77.
A native of Louisville, Walters was a teenager when he went to California to work as an exercise rider for his uncle, Ray Priddy. He went on to manage several farms in the Golden State and train in both Southern and Northern California.
Walters considered Ransomed Captive his best runner. He saddled her to win the 1987 Princess Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds fillies at Hollywood Park from subsequent divisional champion Sacahuista. Very Subtle, who went on to win that year's Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, finished third.
Walters raced grade II winner Kamehameha in a partnership that included Priddy. Kamehameha won the 1978 Cinema Handicap (gr. IIT) as well as the Coronado Handicap on grass, both at Hollywood Park. He was second-highest-weighted 3-year-old grass male that year on Daily Racing Form
's free handicap.
Walter is survived by his wife, Virginia; sons William Lynn and Brian; and daughters Rebecca and Kathleen.