PROFILE: Willie Hiblow was a top grade handler of coursing greyhounds. Hiblow was a Negro and responsible for great advancement in the greyhound industry. In 1980 Willie Hiblow was added to the PIONEER section of the Hall of Fame. At the time, Hiblow was retired and living in Waco, Texas.

HISTORY: In the early 1920’s blacks were not allowed to participate in the sport of coursing. However a newcomer came along and changed all of that. John Hopkins built a coursing park and schooling track near Waco, Texas. He became friends with Willie Hiblow, gave him a greyhound and allowed him to run at his facilities. With this beginning Hiblow became a great handler of coursing greyhounds, winning many stakes during his years in the industry.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Willie Hiblow has been labeled the “Jackie Robinson” of greyhound racing for breaking the color barrier in the sport. In addition, some of the better known greyhounds handled by Hiblow include; LIFE SAVER who was the winner of the 1943 Waterloo Plate, BRAVE CHIEF, and TIGER G who divided the Derby Purse in 1944. Hiblow’s favorite greyhound was BUCKAROO*, who, after winning the 1960 Waterloo Purse, went on to produce more winners for Hiblow. Willie was a member of the NGA Half-Century Club, having been a member for over 50 years.