Jerry Moss, who co-founded A&M Records, was appointed to the California Horse Racing Board on Feb. 24, replacing longtime television producer Alan Landsburg, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced.
Moss, 68, of Los Angeles, CA, is a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder.
Along with musician Herb Alpert, he founded A&M Records in the 1960s, selling it to Polygram in 1990. It was the world's largest independent record company at the time. During his tenure, A&M had such top-selling acts as The Police, Janet Jackson, Burt Bacharach and Joe Cocker.
Moss is chairman of Rondor Music, Inc., a music publishing company he and Alpert founded 30 years ago.
He purchased his first horses in 1970, dabbling in the claiming ranks with partner Alpert. His first stakes winner was Fighting Fit in the 1983 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II). His other top horses were 1990 Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Ruhlmann, 1994 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) heroine Sardula, 2002 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I) champion Kudos and multiple graded stakes-winning sprinter Lexicon. He's had 12 horses start in Breeders' Cup races, including Sardula's runner-up finish in the 1993 Juvenile Fillies and Fighting Fit's third-place showing in the inaugural running of the Sprint in 1984.
The California Senate must confirm Moss' appointment to the seven-member CHRB. He declined to state his party affiliation.
His wife Ann, a partner in the owner and breeding operation, is an active environmentalist and founder of the Dolphin Connection.
Landsburg, an owner and breeder since 1976, was a founding member of the Thoroughbred Owners of California. A television producer with a long list of successful programs and made-for-TV movies to his credit, he was appointed to the CHRB on Nov. 22, 2000, and he chaired the board from October 2001 through 2002. During his tenure as chairman, the board implemented account deposit wagering.
His appointment expired Jan. 1, although under state rules, he was allowed to continue to serve for an additional 60 days or until a replacement was named.