For the third consecutive year, Jerry and Ann Moss were named Owners of the Year and their mare Zenyatta Horse of the Year by the Thoroughbred Owners of California.
They also will receive the award for “Most California Purse Money Won.” The awards for “Most California Stakes Races Won” and “Most California Wins” went to the Craig Family Trust and La Canada Stables, respectively. New California owners Anthony Ramsden and William Warren were chosen in a tie as Rookies of the Year. “Story of the Year” went to Zenyatta’s 2010 California Campaign.
The Mosses led all owners in California by purse earnings with $1,497,593. They campaigned Zenyatta, who won her 19th consecutive race in California, as well as stakes winners Neko Bay and Cozi Rosie. Jenny Craig, who races as the Craig Family Trust, won eight stakes races with her two standouts Sidney's Candy and Twirling Candy . La Canada Stables won a remarkable 59 races in California in 2010.
Ramsden won two races and over $80,500 in earnings, and his Locksley Hall ran second in the Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park. Warren also won two races with his horses finishing on the board in 75% of their starts and earning $80,000.
The selection process included a media committee comprised of representatives from northern and southern California 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 the Mosses. The award is presented annually to recognize outstanding contributions and service in the Thoroughbred racing industry. The Mosses became Thoroughbred owners in 1970, had their first stakes win in 1981, and won the Kentucky Derby in 2005 with longshot Giacomo. Jerry Moss has served on the California Horse Racing Board since 2004.
The Mosses donated a portion of Zenyatta’s 2010 earnings to racing charities but they are best known for their unmatched generosity in sharing their great mare with her many fans, making her available to delight the racing public on numerous occasions.