Announcer Steve Cross leaving Hoosier Park
January 13, 2021
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Steve Cross, who has been announcing races at Harrah’s Hoosier Park since 1998, has told Weekend Preview that he will not be returning to the announcer’s booth when the 2021 meet gets underway on Friday, March 26.
Harrah’s Hoosier Park is scheduled to race 160 nights this year through Dec. 4. After racing four nights a week initially, Sundays will be added beginning on May 23 through the end of September. Cross said having a drive of more than two hours each way from his home in Middlebury, Ind., to Anderson, was starting to take a toll, and he decided the addition of a fifth night was too much.
“At the end of the day, I was just tired of being tired,” said Cross. “It was about a two-hour, 15-minute drive, depending which way you were going, and it got to be too much. So I thought it was probably time for Steve Cross, and probably time for Hoosier Park as well, that Hoosier Park was ready for a new voice.”
Cross, who also formerly served as assistant announcer to Roger Huston for several years during Little Brown Jug week at Delaware, Ohio, said Sundays are family days, and that also played a big role in his decision upon learning the track would be going to a fifth night of racing.
“Sundays are my family time, and I wasn’t keen on giving that up,” he said. “I just wanted to spend some time with my wife, Darlene, and our two boys, Josiah, who is a junior in high school, and Jate, who is the oldest and married and has two boys. I’ll have more time with my grandkids, one who is a 2 year old and the other a 7 month old.”
“This was a hard decision, it really, really was. I love to call races at Hoosier Park. It was just a great place with great people to work for.”
Cross is also the sale manager for the Hoosier Classic Sale Company, which operates the Buckeye Classic Yearling Sale in Ohio, and the relatively new Michiana Classic Yearling Sale in Indiana that began in 2017.