Jockey Danny Cardoza, the biggest winner in quarter horse racing history with more than 3,300 victories, will ride at Los Alamitos for the first time in 15 months when the 1993 meeting opens tonight. Cardoza will be aboard Easily A Secret in the $20,000 Town Policy Handicap.
Cardoza, 43, has been ranch trainer at Rolling A Ranch in Atascadero, Calif., since he quit riding full-time in January, 1992. He rode only one race thereafter, finishing 10th in the All-American Futurity with Luxurious Dream.
The ranch is owned by Edward Allred, president of the Horsemen’s Quarter Horse Racing Assn., which conducts quarter horse racing at Los Alamitos. Easily A Secret is also owned by Allred and trained by Bruce Hawkinson.
Cardoza said he might accept occasional riding assignments during the 131-day meeting.
Nine other 3-year-olds will race in the Town Policy, among them 122-pound high weights Abadasher and Royal Down Dash. Abadasher won the Breeders Freshman Classic in his most recent start last October, and Royal Down Dash is coming off a victory in early April in the West Texas Derby at Sunland Park near El Paso.
The field also includes I Am The Band, Brotherly, Man Shes Gone, Time For One, Bugs First Down, Shameless Toll and Firstdown Touchdown.