06/13/2013 1:20PM

Ross Brinson, longtime California trainer, dies at 101


Former California trainer Ross Brinson, whose career spanned close to 70 years, died June 13 in Lakewood, Calif. He was 101.

Brinson, whose top horses included 1947 Hollywood Gold Cup and Sunset Handicap winner Cover Up, 1952 Haggin Stakes winner Little Request, and Billy Ball, retired from training in 1992.

Brinson’s two sons are former jockeys Gary and Clay Brinson. Both are still in racing. Gary Brinson is the starter at Betfair Hollywood Park; Clay Brinson is a trainer at Canterbury Downs in Minnesota.

Ross Brinson was born Sept. 27, 1911, in Arkansas. His late wife Wanda, mother to Gary and Clay, died in 1986. Gary Brinson said services for his father are pending.

Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
Great guy and Trainer. He had a stakes horse named Prince Don B that could sprint in 8 and change and win at a mile and a quarter. He trained with some legends. Ace Gibson, Barney Willis, C.B. Hixon, Don Porter and Olen Battles in NorCal.