Mel Stute remains hospitalized after hitting his head in a fall at home Dec. 15, but the 85-year-old former trainer is hoping to be home soon after Christmas.
His son, trainer Gary Stute, said his father's condition has improved, but he isn't quite responsive enough when asked questions. But he remains savvy about horse racing.
“My father’s doing pretty good,”’ said Gary Stute. “If you ask him something about racing, he knows the answer.
“But the questions they ask him in rehab facility in Pomona, he doesn’t care about. We tell him there was no racing for two weeks, but he says, ‘Well, Gulfstream’s running.’ Things he cares about, he knows about.
“But when he’s asked what day of the month it is, he’s not too clear on it. They’re hoping to let him out right after Christmas.”
Mel Stute’s best horse in a career spanning more than six decades was the California-bred Snow Chief, 1986 Preakness (gr. I) winner and that year’s 3-year-old champion.