So long, Grinding Speed. After 36 starts, 10 wins, seven seconds, and two thirds, the Maryland-bred son of Grindstone out of the Cozzene mare Cozelia retires to a life of leisure with owner Michael Wharton, who bought the eventual timber champion for the paltry sum of $2,000.
Grinding Speed, who earned nearly $316,000 and captured a remarkable two Virginia and three International Gold Cups at Great Meadow, will become Wharton's foxhunting companion with the Green Spring Valley Hounds. Of course, a big shout out goes to the rest of the team including trainer Alicia Murphy and Billy Santoro, and jockey Mark Beecher. Photographer Tod Marks looks back at Speedy's career starting with his maiden win over jumps in 2011.
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