Brian Cross

Brian Cross (O- T- D)
Saratoga Springs, NY
Birthplace: Bennington, VT
Birthdate: 1/4/67
Colors: Blue-Orange-White

Brian Cross was raised in a harness racing family, with a grandfather and an uncle (Jim and Leonard) who drove and trained, a father who owned and drove (Roger Cross), numerous cousins who were all involved with standardbreds, plus his brother John. He began driving in 1983 at the age of sixteen (at Hinsdale and Saratoga) and continued to drive the family’s horses after graduating from high school in 1985.

Brian came to Saratoga in 1987, taking a job as assistant trainer with Brian Walker. He began training his own stable in 1989 with the help of New Hampshire horsemen Bill and Tom McNamara, who engaged Brian to drive and train eight of their horses. Brian won the Johnny Page award for best young driver in 1989.and Peerless McGrath Award for Up-and-Coming Trainer in 1991. In 1992, Brian won the Trainer of the Year award. Brian drove his 1,000th win on August 8th , 1994 with Goalie Barrasso . He recorded his 2000th career driving victory with Behind Enemy lines on July 6, 2004.

In 1994, Brian drove the 1994 Claiming Trotter of the Year, Ha Ha Ewe Louz. In 1995, Brian’s driving career skyrocketed as he’d record 127 wins. In 2003, Brian was honored with the Horseman of the Year Award, while finishing second in both driver and trainer standings. Trained and driven by Brian, Maxie’s David won 2007 Claiming Trotter of the Year. Brian finished his 2008th year third in the driver standings.

Brian won his 3000th win July 11, 2009 with Artiology (2009 $7500-$10,000 Claiming Pacer of the Year), and finished 4th in the driver standings.

Brian finished 6th in the 2010 driver standings and 7th in the 2011 driver standings at Saratoga Raceway.

Driving Record

 Year  Starts  1st  2nd  3rd  UDR  Purses
 2014  576  43  68  75  .184 $328,778
 2013  489  38  42  56  .164  $306,127
 2012  869  79  94  113  .194 $628,299
 2011  1184  131  158  155  .228 $872,420

Training Record

 Year  Starts  1st  2nd  3rd  UTR  Purses
 2014  140  10  18  16  .181 $70,584
 2013  225  26  26  33  .229 $157,895
 2012  159  16  17  20  .202 $107,727
 2011  228  37  38  36  .310 $211,269

Brian Cross
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