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Warren A. Croll Jr.

Warren A. Croll Jr.
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   Warren A. “Jimmy” Croll received his trainer’s license in 1940 and sent out his first winner later that year. He won his first stakes race with War Phar in 1951 Croll has spent most of his career training on the Florida and New Jersey circuits.

   Croll trained a number of excellent horses but waited 50 years for his best horse, Holy Bull. At 2, Holy Bull won the Futurity, and the following year Croll trained the gray colt to multiple stakes wins, and Horse of the Year honors. 

   Prior to Holy Bull, Croll earned a reputation as a versatile trainer. He claimed Parka for $10,000 and developed him into the Champion Turf Horse of 1965. Under Croll’s direction, Housebuster became a champion sprinter, and he conditioned Bet Twice to win sprints as well as the Belmont Stakes.

   Among Croll’s notable victories are the Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap, Dwyer Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes, Florida Derby, Belmont Futurity Stakes, Forego Handicap, Woodward Stakes, Vosburgh Stakes, Pimlico Special, Spinaway Stakes, Frizette Stakes, Haskell Invitational Handicap (3), Sapling Stakes (3) and Long Island Handicap (2).

  Croll retired from training in 2002 and died on June 7, 2008.

   Warren A. “Jimmy” Croll, Jr. was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1994.