Bubba Cascio Returning to Training

The legendary trainer is assembling a stable for next year.

By Richard Chamberlain
Q-Racing Journal
August 9, 2012

Bubba Cascio

Bubba Cascio

C.W. “Bubba” Cascio will return to training American Quarter Horses in 2013.

“I’ve got an itch I want to scratch,” says Cascio, 80. “I’ve talked with several owners about this. One of them called a month or so ago and asked me to come back. He told me that he had had to change trainers twice this summer already and would appreciate it if I would take his horses. So I’ve talked to a few others, and I’m only going to take a few good colts. I’m not going to have 60 or 80 head in my barn again, but I am ready to get back in the saddle again.”

Cascio plans to concentrate on the Triple Crown races at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, but also will race at Remington Park in Oklahoma and Lone Star Park in Texas.

A member of the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, Cascio trained many of the breed’s legendary sprinters, including two-time world champion Dash For Cash, All American Futurity winners Three Oh’s and Rocket Wrangler (Dash For Cash’s champion sire), world champion Dashingly and Justanold Love, who upset the undefeated world champion Special Effort in the 1982 All American Derby.

Cascio and wife Judy live at Tolar, Texas, where for the past couple of years he has been prepping Thoroughbreds for the track. Because he had grown tired of life on the road and at tracks from Texas to California, Cascio in the mid-1980s had switched his stable from Quarter Horses to train Thoroughbreds on the Texas and Louisiana circuits.

Cascio’s Quarter Horses will be featured throughout next year in the Q-Racing Journal’s monthly “Making Runners” column, which follows the progress and training of 2-year-old runners.

“I like competition, I like Quarter Horses, I like Quarter Horse people,” says Cascio, who rode match races as a youngster and also has trained roping and cutting horses. “I feel good, my health is good and having people wanting you to come back lights a fire under you.”