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May 5, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Jimmy Croll, jockey Steve Cauthen and champion sprinter Ta Wee, all with connections to Kentucky Derby favorite Holy Bull, have been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame. Polling of 100 turf writers was announced Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Others elected were Arts And Letters, horse of the year in 1969; Eight Thirty, a top handicap horse in the early 1940s, and Flatterer, the champion steeplechase horse from 1984-1987.
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June 8, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Croll, a hall of fame trainer who handled the champion racehorses Bet Twice and Holy Bull, died Friday at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., after a long illness. He was 88. Croll died on the eve of the 21st anniversary of one of his biggest wins. In the 1987 Belmont Stakes, Bet Twice thwarted Alysheba's bid for racing's Triple Crown with a 14-length victory under jockey Craig Perret. Holy Bull was another notable champion. Voted horse of the year as a 3-year-old in 1994, he was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but wound up finishing 12th.
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June 8, 2008 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Jimmy Croll, a hall of fame trainer who handled the champion racehorses Bet Twice and Holy Bull, died Friday at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., after a long illness. He was 88. Croll died on the eve of the 21st anniversary of one of his biggest wins. In the 1987 Belmont Stakes, Bet Twice thwarted Alysheba's bid for racing's Triple Crown with a 14-length victory under jockey Craig Perret. Holy Bull was another notable champion. Voted horse of the year as a 3-year-old in 1994, he was the favorite in the Kentucky Derby but wound up finishing 12th.
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February 13, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Holy Bull was out of his stall, getting a bath and a stream of cold water on his injured left foreleg, trainer Jimmy Croll said Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park that his champion 4-year-old colt would be Kentucky-bound in about two weeks, for a new career as a stallion. The racing career for the 1994 horse of the year ended abruptly here Saturday, when jockey Mike Smith had to pull up Holy Bull with less than five furlongs to run in the $300,000 Donn Handicap. The gray horse suffered tendon and ligament damage to his lower left foreleg, and Croll, who also owns him, announced shortly after the race that he was being retired.
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February 13, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While Holy Bull was out of his stall, getting a bath and a stream of cold water on his injured left foreleg, trainer Jimmy Croll said Sunday morning at Gulfstream Park that his champion 4-year-old colt would be Kentucky-bound in about two weeks, for a new career as a stallion. The racing career for the 1994 horse of the year ended abruptly here Saturday, when jockey Mike Smith had to pull up Holy Bull with less than five furlongs to run in the $300,000 Donn Handicap. The gray horse suffered tendon and ligament damage to his lower left foreleg, and Croll, who also owns him, announced shortly after the race that he was being retired.
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October 31, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bobbie Croll, the trainer's wife, was sitting on a trunk in their tack room at Keeneland. She craned her neck to see Holy Bull, who occupied the first stall--the stall of honor--just around the corner. "Look at him," Jimmy Croll's wife said. "He's looking over here. He knows we're talking about him." What was being said wouldn't have bothered Holy Bull in the least.
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April 17, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
One of the owners of Bet Twice, the 7-10 favorite who finished a well-beaten fifth in the Florida Derby two weeks ago, said here Thursday that an investigation has turned up no proof that the colt was drugged before the race. "I don't believe that something like that could happen at a major race track," Bob Levy said. Bet Twice, who will be one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby May 2, despite his sorry performance at Gulfstream Park April 4, races in the name of Levy's mother, Blanche.
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May 3, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The avuncular, 74-year-old trainer of Holy Bull, the favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, might be on this year's Racing Hall of Fame ballot, but he is not a regular for the race that launches the Triple Crown. Jimmy Croll trained horses for 33 years without having a Kentucky Derby starter. On the last day of March in 1973, that began to change. Gulfstream Park ran the Florida Derby that day, and Croll saddled Royal And Regal for a three-length victory.
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March 4, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE
The four jockeys who finished behind Pat Day in voting a year ago, plus American-British standout Steve Cauthen, are on the ballot for this year's Racing Hall of Fame election. Pat Day was voted into the Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs, N.Y., last year in a ballot that also included Don Brumfield, Eddie Delahoussaye, Sandy Hawley and Jacinto Vasquez. Trainers on this year's ballot include Jimmy Croll, Tommy Kelly, Willard Proctor, Buddy Raines and Scotty Schulhofer.
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May 10, 1990 | From Associated Press
Housebuster, ridden by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Craig Perret, remained unbeaten as a 3-year-old with an easy victory Wednesday in the Withers on opening day at Belmont Park. "It was easy and expected," trainer Jimmy Croll said of Housebuster's sixth victory of the year. "I don't think Perret hit him." "He can't get much better than he is," said Perret, who rode Unbridled to victory in Saturday's Derby. "When you run him where he belongs, he won't get beat."
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October 31, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bobbie Croll, the trainer's wife, was sitting on a trunk in their tack room at Keeneland. She craned her neck to see Holy Bull, who occupied the first stall--the stall of honor--just around the corner. "Look at him," Jimmy Croll's wife said. "He's looking over here. He knows we're talking about him." What was being said wouldn't have bothered Holy Bull in the least.
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May 5, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Jimmy Croll, jockey Steve Cauthen and champion sprinter Ta Wee, all with connections to Kentucky Derby favorite Holy Bull, have been elected to the Racing Hall of Fame. Polling of 100 turf writers was announced Wednesday at Churchill Downs. Others elected were Arts And Letters, horse of the year in 1969; Eight Thirty, a top handicap horse in the early 1940s, and Flatterer, the champion steeplechase horse from 1984-1987.
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May 3, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The avuncular, 74-year-old trainer of Holy Bull, the favorite for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, might be on this year's Racing Hall of Fame ballot, but he is not a regular for the race that launches the Triple Crown. Jimmy Croll trained horses for 33 years without having a Kentucky Derby starter. On the last day of March in 1973, that began to change. Gulfstream Park ran the Florida Derby that day, and Croll saddled Royal And Regal for a three-length victory.
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April 17, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
One of the owners of Bet Twice, the 7-10 favorite who finished a well-beaten fifth in the Florida Derby two weeks ago, said here Thursday that an investigation has turned up no proof that the colt was drugged before the race. "I don't believe that something like that could happen at a major race track," Bob Levy said. Bet Twice, who will be one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby May 2, despite his sorry performance at Gulfstream Park April 4, races in the name of Levy's mother, Blanche.
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October 2, 1990 | From Associated Press
Housebuster, winner of nine graded stakes this year, will miss the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup because of leg injuries sustained Saturday in the Vosburgh at Belmont. Trainer Jimmy Croll said Housebuster will not return to action until next year. "We'll skip the Breeders' Cup. It's tough. He's been a good horse all year. He's run his heart out, and then this happens. But you've got to look after your horse," said Croll, who had planned to enter Housebuster in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont.
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January 23, 1995 | Associated Press
In his debut as a 4-year-old, Holy Bull raced to a 2 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $100,000 Olympic Handicap at Gulfstream Park. Carrying top weight of 126 pounds, last year's 3-year-old champion colt was challenged briefly at the eighth pole by Birdonthewire before winning with room to spare. Holy Bull ran seven furlongs in 1:22 as the heavy favorite. Birdonthewire was second and Patton third in the field of six.
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