08/29/2013 4:06PM

Michael Crock, longtime trainer, dead at 85


STANTON, Del. - Michael,"Mickey" Crock, who trained horses for more than 60 years, died Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., at age 85.

Crock, a Korean War veteran, raced at a number of tracks during his career, including Charlestown, old Foxboro, Rockingham Park, Penn National, and Delaware Park. During the last 20 years the Wheeling, W.Va., native was assisted by his wife of 46 years, Gail, who survives him. He had lived most of his life in Willingboro, N.J., and West Pittston, Pa.

The family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. with a memorial mass to follow at noon on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Immaculate Conception Church, 605 Luzerne Ave in West Pittston.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Michael's name to the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.