03/31/2006 1:00AM

Ghidella leaving owners' post


The Thoroughbred Owners of California's director for northern California, Jim Ghidella, will step aside from his position when the current Golden Gate Fields meeting ends on May 7.

Ghidella, 60, has held the post for the past eight years. Among the changes during his tenure were reforms for the workers' compensation program for California horsemen and a uniform purse schedule for northern California.