PROFILE: William Carter Jr., known as Billy, was born on January 27, 1924 and died on April 21, 1976. He was reared in West Memphis, Arkansas and served in the Navy during World War II. He married Donna Smith and the two raised their family in Miami.
HISTORY: At age 17, Carter went to his first racetrack in Council Bluffs, Iowa with his brother-in-law, George Saunders, and began working as a trainer. After World War II Carter returned to training greyhounds and worked for Dr. Cecil Miller at Sarasota, Ray Randle at Flagler, Paul Boone at Hollywood and Southland, and W.O Spears at Miami Beach. When he retired from the track, Carter went to his greyhound farm in Earl, Arkansas that he had purchased two years earlier.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Carter spent his entire life as a trainer of greyhounds. The most famous racer was CAESAR RING, who also produced well at stud. Other greats included V.O, WHITE CAESAR and MITZIE. Carter made the cover of the Greyhound Racing Record in 1956 with CARLABELLE and actress Helen Hayes, after winning the Palm Beach Playhouse Handicap. His two children, Diana and William III, followed in their father’s footsteps to become top notch trainers.