01/24/2007 1:00AM

Cardoza, Cascio named to Ruidoso hall


The 2007 class to be inducted into the Racehorse Hall of Fame at Ruidoso Downs will comprise Clarence Scharbauer Jr., a successful Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred owner; Danny Cardoza, a leading jockey turned trainer, Charles "Bubba" Cascio, a trainer of world champions; and Vandy's Flash, a world champion gelding.

They will be inducted during ceremonies on a June date to be announced.

Scharbauer managed Kentucky Derby winner and 1988 Horse of the Year Alysheba, who was owned by his late wife, Dorothy, and daughter Pam. He is a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association and campaigned five champion Quarter Horses. He won the inaugural Rainbow Futurity in 1964 with Double Queen and the 1975 All American Derby with Vim and Vigor, who was ridden by Cardoza.

Cardoza is the only person who can claim to have won million-dollar races as a jockey and a trainer. As a jockey, he won the $1 million All American Futurity in 1979 on Pie in the Sky. and he trained two winners of the Los Alamitos Million: Dashing Knud and Your First Moon.

Cascio, who changed from Quarter Horses to Thoroughbreds 15 years ago, trained Dash for Cash, a two-time world champion Quarter Horse, and won the All American Futurity with Three Oh's and Rocket Wrangler. He also trained the 1983 world champion, Dashingly, who is still the all-time leading money earning Quarter Horse mare at $1,754,323. His recent Thoroughbred stakes winners include the sprinter Gold Storm, a winner of 11 of 19 starts.

Vandy's Flash, the 1960 world champion, set the Los Alamitos 350-yard track record of 17.50 seconds, which stood for 18 years. During his world championship season he won the Los Alamitos Championship, now a Grade 1, in a then-track-record 21.70 seconds for 440 yards.