Jerry Moss, who along with his wife Ann reached horse racing's pinnacle as owners when Giacomo won the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has something more to celebrate -- a lifetime achievement award from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
It was announced this week that Moss and his A&M Records co-founder Herb Alpert will be honored for the their contributions to the music business in the non-performer category at the 2006 induction ceremony March 13 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
Moss, who turned 70 in May, is a native of the Bronx and was educated at Brooklyn College. He said he was gratified by the honor.
"It has been quite a year," said the soft-spoken Moss, who is one of California's leading Thoroughbred owners and a commissioner on the state's horse racing board. "It's a thrill."
Moss and Alpert founded A&M Records with a few hundred dollars in Los Angeles in 1962 and built one of the most successful independent record labels of all time. The pair signed acts such as Procol Harum, Supertramp, Peter Frampton, Free, The Police, Joe Jackson, the Neville Brothers, Captain Beefheart, John Haitt, Joe Cocker, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Cat Stevens and Alpert's own group the Tijuana Brass.
They also began in the racing business as partners.
Moss sold his interest in A&M several years ago and is a businessman in Beverly Hills while spending more of his time on racing. He and his wife breed about 20 mares per year and have raced millionaires Fighting Fit, Ruhlmann and Kudos among several other stakes winners prior to Giacomo's upset victory in the Derby.
Moss was appointed to the California Horse Racing Board in March 2004 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.