Angel Cordero has been elected to the National Jockeys Hall of Fame, it was announced by Herman Cohen, president of The Maryland Jockey Club, which founded and houses the hall at Pimlico Race Course. Cordero narrowly beat out Ron Turcotte..

Cordero, winner of the Eclipse Award as the outstanding jockey in 1982, has earned more than $72 million in 21 years of riding. He

Four men were convicted in Uniondale, N.Y., of criminal racketeering after a federal jury deliberated nine hours. The prosecution proved charges that John Malizia, 65, and Frank Costanzo, 41, both of Westbury, N.Y.; Alan Cummings, 34, of Bronxville, N.Y., and Larry Quartiero, 60, of New York, conspired to bribe and did bribe James Veno, a groom, to gain access to the stable area at Yonkers Raceway on Sept. 18, 1978. Veno testified he and the four defendants drugged the horses in the stable area with the tranquilizer Reserpine. The government charged that the men bet heavily on the horses that were not drugged. Sentencing was set for April 8 . . .

The New Jersey Supreme Court cleared the way for Robert E. Brennan, president of First Jersey Securities Inc., to become owner of burned-out Garden State Park in Cherry Hill.