02/27/2015 2:10PM

Hushion in Florida hospital


Trainer Mike Hushion has been hospitalized with “a serious health issue,” according to Barry Schwartz, one of Hushion’s primary owners and close friend.

Hushion, 66, was hospitalized in Florida on Feb. 19, according to Schwartz. Hushion on Friday was scheduled to be transferred to the University of Miami Medical Center, said Schwartz, who declined to elaborate on Hushion’s situation.

Schwartz said that Hushion’s daughter Casey is with him.

Hushion has trained horses on the New York Racing Association circuit for four decades, going out on his own after working for several horsemen, including Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens. Hushion has won 1,374 races and was the leading trainer at Aqueduct’s winter and spring meets in 1993, when he won a personal-best 105 races.

In 2014, Hushion set a personal mark for purse earnings with $3,584,138, led by the 3-year-old filly Artemis Agrotera, who won the Grade 1 Ballerina and Grade 2 Gallant Bloom.

In the winter, Hushion splits his stable between New York and south Florida. Lorina Andersen is Hushion’s New York-based assistant, and Tiffany Webb is Hushion’s south Florida-based assistant.

On Thursday at Aqueduct, the Hushion-trained Final Chapter won a New York-bred allowance race by six lengths. Final Chapter is owned by Hall of Fame trainer John Nerud, who earlier in February celebrated his 102nd birthday.