|A Tradition Continues....
Brian spent his boyhood summers watching his father, Robert H Brown, and
uncle, William Brown, campaign their colts at the Ohio fairs, Wheeling Downs,
Hilliard Raceway and other Ohio Raceways. They rarely went to the post
without his longing eyes on them, wishing one day he too, could be out there
instead of behind the hub rail.
As Brian grew older and more experienced in his training miles, he eventually
gained the trust of his father who could no longer deny the dreams of the young
starry eyed driver anymore. He received his matinee license just in time for the
racing season in 1981 at the age of 16. He won his first race at the Attica, Ohio
Matinee behind Chelsea MacNoon on May 31, 1981 in 2:22. With his father,
Robert,and Uncle, Bill, as the winning owners.
The racing bug, had bit............ Brian eagerly grabbed the lines from his father
and began making a career of his own. Season after season, he soon gained
much needed exposure. As his father continued to develop tough competitive
racing stock for his son to drive, other trainers soon took notice and began
using him as a catch driver.
His most successful season as a driver came in 1986. He found himself seated
behind Candlelight Stable's fierce two year old colt pacers, Marine Chris, Black
Prince and No More Excuses as well as Burkholder Enterprises' solid trotter, Cider
Hill along with Janet Moser's Sammy's Misty Key and Annie's Child.
After a good ten year run, the driving bug faded and the love bug hit. Brian and
Jennifer married in 1988 and in the early 1990's with two young children to feed, he
eventually chose the safer route and devoted all of his time as trainer enlisting the
top drivers at the raceways and Ohio fairs. Although a rare occasion does occur
every now and then when he will find himself behind the starting gate. Usually he is
working the kinks out of a young stakes colt.
In a recent interview Brian was asked why he no longer drove the horses he trained.
His response was "I feel that my main concentration should be in training the horse
to it's most competitive level that I can train it. Therefore, I feel, if I have done my job
right, the horse deserves the "best" possible driver that's out there, and that's not
|The late Robert H Brown (Father)
and Quickster Ann in 1981.
|William Brown (Uncle Bill) aboard
Quickster Ann in 1981.
|Robert H Brown
1931 - 2001
Brian's first win aboard Chelsea MacNoon on May 31, 1981 at
the age of 16 at the Attica Matinee.
Newsmaker Matt winning back to back
heats at Richwood Ohio fair in 1989.
Miss Kelly Cope
No More Excuses