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Stallion Stories: Grindstone

By Margaret Ransom


Grindstone gets up just in time to win the 1996 Kentucky Derby under Jerry Bailey. Photo: Getty Images

Brad Grady’s Girvin, who won the Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds, will head to Louisville as one of the top contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby (GI). However, the Joe Sharp-trained son of Tale of Ekati has some history going against him, as only two winners of the Louisiana Derby have ever worn the blanket of roses under the Twin Spires, the first being Black Gold in 1924 and the last being Grindstone in 1996.

Grindstone was retired a few days after his nose victory over Cavonnier in the Derby and was sent to owner W.T. Young’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington where he stood at stud until 2009. In 2009, five years after Young passed away, Overbrook was shuttered, the horses were dispersed and Grindstone was… (more)