Jerry Moss

Jerry Moss

Anne M. Eberhardt

Moss Leaving California Horse Racing Board

Prominent owner and breeder was a commissioner for eight years.

Prominent horse owner and breeder Jerry Moss announced he is leaving the California Horse Racing Board after serving on the commission for eight years.

Board chairman Keith Brackpool made the announcement at the conclusion of the board's meeting Feb. 23 at Santa Anita Park.

"I think on behalf of all of us, it's going to be a huge, huge loss, to not have this gentleman on the board," Brackpool said.

Moss, 76, along with his wife, Ann, won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with Giacomo in 2005 and campaigned 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, one of the most popular Thoroughbreds ever.

"I think after being around here for eight years, that's long enough," Moss said after the meeting. "I'm feeling good now, and we're planning to do quite a bit of traveling in the next year. Being on the board takes a lot of time and study. I didn't feel I could give it everything I needed to."

Moss, who co-founded A&M Records, was appointed to the CHRB in February 2004 by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has been a Thoroughbred owner since 1970.