A handsome chestnut trotter by Robert McGregor out of Mabel, Cresceus was foaled in 1894 at Ketcham Farm in Toledo, Ohio. As a yearling Cresceus became very sick and was ordered destroyed, but his handler hid him away until he had recuperated. His turf career began as a three-year-old and by the close of the 1901 season he held 17 different world records, to sulky and to wagon, over mile and half-mile tracks. In just one year, 1901, he was shipped 12,023 miles to race all over North America. In 1902 he lowered the Canadian ice record to 2:15. Retired to stud in 1903, Cresceus was purchased two years later by M. W. Savage for $21,000. In 1908 Savage sold him for export to Russia, where he died in 1915 at age 21.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals