Horseman William "Billy" Carroll dies at age 54
« Return to News
William James "Billy" Carroll passed away on July 26, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio, at the age of 54.
He was born in Wilmington, Del. on July 31, 1962. He graduated from William Tennent High School and went on to study economics at Mercer County Community College. As a teenager, Carroll developed his love for harness racing working alongside his father and grandfather. Carroll's father, Bill Carroll, operated a stable racing at Brandywine and Liberty Bell for 30 years. His grandfather, Weldon Carroll, trained horses for Norman Woolworth's Clearview Stable for over 20 years.
Carroll furthered his training acumen working under famous banners of the industry such as Brett Pelling, Fashion Farms, and George Berkner. For the last 10 years Billy Carroll worked as an assistant trainer for Ohio-based trainer Mike Medors. Carroll operated the Canadian division of Medors' stable for several years with notable success. Carroll had a love for Canada and Canadian harness racing stemming from his family originating from Nova Scotia.
Billy was well-known and loved amongst the Pinehurst, NC, Standardbred community. His jovial demeanor, excellent culinary skills, and friendship will be dearly missed by the winter training center's community.
Billy is survived by his parents, Bill and Blanche Carroll, and was preceded by his grandmother Rita Young.--By Jay Hochstetler