08/08/2012 7:13PM

Remington Park: Cascio to resume training Quarter Horses


Bubba Cascio, a member of the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame who trained the legend Dash for Cash, said he is resuming training Quarter Horses for the first time since 1994. Cascio said his first starters would come in 2013, and that he would like to base at Remington Park in the spring, then head to Ruidoso Downs.

“I’ve got an itch I’ve got to scratch,” said Cascio, 80. “I called a client of mine that was a very good client. I said, ‘I don’t want to interrupt your deal, but I’d love for you to send me one good filly and one good colt.’ She said to take them all.”

So this fall, Cascio will begin preparing those yearlings to race next season at 2. He operates a farm in Texas, and for the past year and a half has been preparing young Thoroughbreds for the track. Before that, Cascio operated a high-percentage stable at Thoroughbred meets in Texas and Louisiana. His top runners included 2004 Breeders’ Cup Sprint starter Gold Storm.

Dash for Cash was the gold standard among Quarter Horses as a two-time world champion in 1976-77 who became a highly influential sire. Cascio also trained 1983 world champion Dashingly.

“I like competition. I feel good, my health is good, and people wanting to see you back lights a fire under you,” said Cascio.