Retired trainer Bill Carroll, 85, dies in NC
May 20, 2020
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Forrest William “Bill” Carroll, 85, passed away at his home in Pinebluff, NC, on May 10.
A native of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada, Bill was born on April 30, 1935. He was a horseman from day one, learning from his parents Weldon and Isabel Carroll. Weldon was a longtime trainer for Clearview Stables and Bill proudly followed in his father’s harness racing footsteps.
He moved to the United States to pursue his Standardbred aspirations and began working for famed trainer Sanders Russell. He later worked under the tutelage of Harry Whitney in Goshen while still in his teenage years.
Bill proudly cared for the famed pacer Hillsota, together they captured the inaugural American Pacing Classic at Hollywood Park in 1955.
He married his wife Blanche in 1959 in Bennettsville, SC. They had one son, William Carroll, in 1962.
Carroll was a staple on the Brandywine and Liberty Bell circuit as a trainer. He set a track record with Bee’s Chief in 1968 in the Independance Pace and Denny Dee was named Pacer of the Year by the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association. He also served as a director for the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association for several years.
A true fan of harness racing, Carroll avidly followed the sport in his later years and frequented the Pinehurst Harness Track. He is preceded in death by his parents, Weldon and Isabel, and his son, William. He is survived by his loving wife, Blanche.--By Jay Hochstetler