(from Thoroughbred Owners of California)
Jerry and Ann Moss were named "Owners of the Year" for the second straight year in 2009 and their mare Zenyatta "Horse of the Year" by the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
Zayat Stables won two awards after leading the state in both total purse money and most stakes victories in 2009.
The award for most California wins went to the Northern California-based partnership of Jerry Hollendorfer and George Todaro. Deanne Warren was chosen "Rookie of the Year."
"Moment of the Year" went to Zenyatta’s win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) against males to remain undefeated in 14 career starts.
In addition to Zenyatta, the Mosses campaigned Alpha Kitten, Coco Belle, Madeo, Tiago, Neko Bay and Theodora in California in 2009.
Zayat Stables won 11 stakes races in 2009 and nearly $2.5 million. Their stakes winners included Pioneerof the Nile , Thorn Song, Zensational, Z Humor, Macias and Kays and Jays.
Hollendorfer and Todaro had 88 wins in 2009 with earnings over $2 million. Warren raced to four wins in 21 starts with earnings of just under $100,000.
The selection process began with a media selection committee comprised of representatives from northern and southern California, including track publicity, print media, television, and local handicappers. The winners were chosen by a combined vote of the media committee and members of the TOC board of directors.
Selected to receive this year’s "Ed Friendly Industry Service Award" were John and Jerry Amerman. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in the Thoroughbred racing industry. The Amermans have been involved in California horse racing since 1995.