06/03/2012 3:39PM

Reid Gross, longtime Ohio and Michigan trainer, dies at 72


A memorial service will be held at River Downs in the winner's circle at 11:30 Wednesday for trainer Reid Gross, who died Saturday at St. Joe Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., from complications of cancer.

The 72-year-old Gross trained horses for nearly 50 years, mostly in Ohio and Michigan. According to his granddaughter Mandy Wheldon, Gross kept working with his horses until very recently.

"He was out walking horses the other day, using a cane," she said. "He wasn't going to let it keep him down. He loved the horses."

Funeral services will be held in Fowlerville, Mich., on Thursday.

Zack Lessner More than 1 year ago
Hey Diane burg I don't care who you where but my grand father was one of the greatest men to walk this earth and I would apreatate you to never talk bad about him and I'm Shure you never met him or you wouldn't have a bad thing to say
Diane Burge More than 1 year ago
He sent horses to slaughter
Mary Johnson More than 1 year ago
Yes, he did send horses to slaughter. I knew him and he once said that he would rather send a horse to slaughter than work with a rescue.
Ruth Barrett More than 1 year ago
Thoughts and prayers for the Gross family!!!
Rick Sigers More than 1 year ago
I first met Reid at Raceway Park in Toledo when they had t-bred meets. He was an intertaining person to talk to. We met many times over the years. We were both very sad when Michigan lost the DRC. He had his moments with several good Michigan breds.God bless his family. He was what racing needs and will miss. A very good horseman.