06/07/2005 12:00AM

Mel Gross, former trainer, dead


Mel Gross, a former trainer on the mid-Atlantic circuit, died Sunday from the complications of a stroke. He was 58.

Gross trained On the Sly, who won the 1977 Jockey Club Gold Cup and Hawthorne Gold Cup and finished fifth in the 1976 Kentucky Derby. His other stakes winners included Canadian Factor, who won the Excelsior Handicap and ran fifth in the 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic, and Vacherie.

Gross, who trained horses for owners Nelson Bunker Hunt, Frank Stronach, and Allen Paulson, left training in the mid-1990's.