Courtesy of California Horse Racing Board
Chuck Winner, an internationally recognized expert in public affairs, crisis communications and campaign management who served on the California Horse Racing Board from 2012 to 2019, 5 years of which president, passed away on the morning of Thursday, March 24, of natural causes at the age of 81.
Mr. Winner guided the CHRB through difficult times, most notably in the winter of 2019 when a fatal equine rash at Santa Anita Park attracted a worldwide following. He leads the push for improved safety measures to protect horses and riders, which improve the health and welfare of horses across California.
After notifying Governor Gavin Newsom’s office that he would not be reappointed after completing his second term as race commissioner on July 26, 2019, Mr. It’s a challenge, but it’s not done yet. My colleagues and I were faced with a number of challenging and important issues. I hope that we have made a positive difference.”
Winner is survived by his wife, Annie, and four children: Justyn, Ethan, Nicole and Zach. Private funeral is pending.