Trainer Humberto Ascanio, a former assistant to Hall of Famer Bobby
Frankel, is recovering from the effects of a stroke suffered on Dec. 30
and will at least temporarily disband his 12-horse stable, according to
his son, Matthew.
Ascanio, 64, is undergoing rehabilitation at Arcadia Methodist
Hospital and has shown improvement in recent days. Initially, Ascanio
lost some movement on the right side of his body, but has since shown
“He’s doing a little better,” Matthew Ascanio said on Tuesday
evening. “He had a moderate stroke and he’s trying to recuperate. He’s
in the rehab part of it. He’s going to have to take some time away.”
It was unclear how long Ascanio would be hospitalized, his son said. Part of the therapy focuses on improving speech.