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A new role for Bo Derek: horse racing watchdog

July 15, 2008 |  3:15 pm

Bos_in_charge Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed actress Bo Derek Tuesday to the California Horse Racing Board. Derek, 51, best known for a cornrow hairstyle and beach run in the 1979 movie “10,” is a Republican, animal rights activist and author of the book “Riding Lessons:  Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses.”

According to Schwarzenegger’s announcement, Derek has also served as spokeswoman for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act and owns a pet care products company called Bless the Beasts. The seven gubernatorial appointees of the horse racing board license nearly 14,000 trainers, jockeys, owners and others involved in a multibillion-dollar industry.

--Nancy Vogel