04/05/2013 4:05PM

Aqueduct: The Lumber Guy gets a vacation

Barbara D. Livingston
The Lumber Guy, who won the Grade 1 Vosburgh last fall, will get some time off because trainer Mike Hushion wasn't pleased with how he was training.

The Lumber Guy, the winner of the Grade 1 Vosburgh and the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint last fall, has been sent to owner Barry Schwartz’s farm in upstate New York, trainer Mike Hushion said Friday.

The Lumber Guy had recently returned to Hushion in New York after spending the winter in Southern California with Neil Drysdale. The Lumber Guy finished seventh in both the Grade 1 Malibu and Grade 2 San Carlos. Hushion didn’t like how The Lumber Guy was training since returning to New York, and the decision was made to give him time off.

“He’s done well off the little turn-out time before,” Hushion said, noting that The Lumber Guy had a similar vacation last spring. “In his 3-year-old year, he came out of there running.”

Hushion also said Nicole H, his 10-time stakes-winning mare, is dealing with a bruised foot that will keep her out of next Saturday’s Grade 2 Distaff.

Hushion said Nicole H will spend 30 days at the Fair Hill training center in Maryland.

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