Jess Jackson, founder of Kendall-Jackson wines and a prominent horse owner, died Thursday at his home in Geyserville, Calif., Kendall-Jackson reported on its website. He was 81.
A Jackson Family Wines spokeswoman said the cause of death was complications from cancer.
Jackson described himself as a life-long racing fan who watched Seabiscuit race. In his later years, he became a prominent horse owner and breeder, best known for racing two-time Horse of the Year Curlin (2007-’08) and 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra with partners.