12/30/2011 11:36AM

Chuck Jenda, trainer of Eclipse winner Brown Bess, retires


Chuck Jenda, who trained the first Northern California-based Eclipse Award winner, has retired from training.

Jenda guided Brown Bess to the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top female grass horse in 1989 after she won the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita.

Jenda, 65, said he is moving from Castro Valley to Spokane, Wash., to be near family.

Jenda began training in 1976 and won 1,477 races from 8,410 starters. His horses won $24,661,645.

In addition to Brown Bess, Jenda also trained Hallowed Envoy, who won a Northern California record 18 stakes during his career. His stakes winners in 2011 were Summers Peace and Victoryasecret.

Jenda’s last runner was Live Sundays, who ran third at Golden Gate Fields on Dec. 16.

Jenda’s longtime assistant Victor Trujillo has taken over training for most of Jenda’s former horses and saddled his first runner, Hot Chaco, on Thursday at Golden Gate Fields. Hot Chaco finished third and was moved up to second on a disqualification.