03/26/2003 1:00AM

Cardoza stable going public


Danny Cardoza, the only person to win a $1 million race as a jockey and a trainer, will begin accepting horses for his new public stable, which has moved to Los Alamitos Race Course from San Luis Rey Downs.

Cardoza had been training horses primarily for the Vessels Stallion Farm. A member of the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame, he will continue to train the Vessels horses. He also has trained a limited number of horses for other owners, including Dinastia Toll, winner of the 2003 Grade 1 Charger Bar Handicap, for the Fakri family. One of his promising 2-year-olds this year is a First Down Dash filly owned in partnership by the Vessels Stallion Farm and Fakri family.

"I would love to help some owners from out of state. I would welcome their horses with open arms," Cardoza said.

Cardoza is the all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey, with 2,528 wins. He won the $1 million All American Futurity with Pie in the Sky and the Grade 1 Champion of Champions with world champions Dashs Dream and Gold Coast Express, whom he rode for trainer Bob Baffert.

As a trainer, Cardoza continued his success with $1 million wins in the Los Alamitos Million by champions Dashing Knud and Your First Moon, who is racing this year as a 4-year-old. He also won the Grade 1 Kindergarten with Natovas Princess and the Grade 1 All American Derby with Meter Me Gone.

Derby runner-up in Dillingham

Dealadash, the Los Alamitos Winter Derby runner-up, will make his first start since that race in the $25,000 Dillingham Handicap for 3-year-olds at 400 yards at Los Alamitos Saturday night.

Dealadash, owned by James Azevedo and Charles Boyle, narrowly missed winning the $206,000 Winter Derby. He finished just a nose behind stablemate Load to Load. The top two finishers in the Winter Derby were among the seven horses saddled by trainer Paul Jones.

In his Winter Derby trial, Dealadash was second to stablemate I Ought to Be First, who will also start in the Dillingham.

Dealadash qualified for the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million, and I Ought to be First has won three of his last six starts. Each horse seeks his first stakes win.

Scuba Steve is taking a big jump in class after winning his last two starts. He was claimed for $10,000 out of a winning effort Feb. 1 by trainer Jorge Farias. In his first start for Farias, he won a $16,000 claiming race in 17.66 seconds for 350 yards.

Mr Moon Policy top weight

Juarez Handicap winner Mr Moon Policy comes off a Sunland Park allowance win to head the $30,000, 870-yard Special Hank Handicap under high weight of 126 pounds on Saturday afternoon at The Downs at Albuquerque.

Mr Moon Policy, trained by Roy Marcom, won the $50,000 Juarez Handicap by 1 1/2 lengths Jan. 12 over stakes winners King Rick Rack and Classy Shot Glass, two of the top distance horses over the past year.

Special Cappuccino takes on Mr Moon Policy again after finishing second to him in that allowance race at Sunland Park.