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Retired Trainer Mel Stute on the Mend

With apologies to Jimmy Boyd, all Mel Stute wants for Christmas are his $2 bets. Mel may not be a candidate for “Jeopardy” since he fell and hit his head in a fall in West L.A. on Dec. 15, but the 85-year-old retired trainer is still savvy about his first love, horse racing.

“My father’s doing pretty good,”’ said his son, trainer Gary Stute, who won two races at Betfair Hollywood Park last Saturday. “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 winner and that year’s 3-year-old champion.

As for Gary, he was thrilled with two wins in one day. “For a seven-horse stable, it’s not too bad,” he said.



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Happy Holidays, footy. I made it through midnight mass, but I missed everyone here. Happy Holidays to all.
Mary Z- just wanted to say Happy Holidays to you and yours!
Get well soon, Mr Stute. He knows where the horses are running. I like that.
Retired trainer Mel Stute, 85, still recuperating in Pomona from a spill in which he suffered a head injury, hopes to celebrate Christmas with a post-holiday visit at a satellite facility. “He seemed really, really good yesterday when I visited with him,” said his son, trainer Gary Stute. “He shouldn’t be in there much longer. He still can’t lift himself out of the chair, but other than that, he seemed really good. Hopefully, we’ll get him to Fairplex for a while on opening day.”

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