06/03/2012 3:39PM

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

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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.