Former trainer Tommy Pascuma, who in later years worked as an assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Phil Johnson, John Parisella, and John Hertler, passed away Feb. 27 after a long illness. He was 67.
Pascuma was part of a big racing family. His father, "Push 'Em Up" Tony Pascuma, was a top jockey in the Midwest, whose brothers, Warren and Jack, also rode and trained. Pascuma's great uncle was Hall of Fame trainer Hollie Hughes.
Pascuma was also an exercise rider, who first tipped trainer Billy Turner that he had a special horse in the barn. That horse turned out to be 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Pascuma is survived by his sons, Roy, who is an assistant starter for the New York Racing Association; Anthony, who is a Naval officer presently en route from the Persian Gulf; Mark and Scott; and a daughter, Susana, who works in the mutuels department.
Viewing will be held Sunday, March 2 at Krauss Funeral Home, 1097 Hempstead Turnpike, Franklin Square, N.Y. from 2-5 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. The telephone number is (516) 352-2080.