Abrams in “excellent” condition following surgery

Best wishes and a speedy recovery to trainer Barry Abrams, who underwent surgery Tuesday to remove cancerous tissue from his throat.

Here’s a release from the Hollywood Park publicity office on how the 57-year-old Abrams is doing following the five-hour operation:

David Abrams, brother of trainer Barry Abrams, reported Wednesday that the trainer came out of surgery Tuesday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena in excellent condition.

“Overall, the operation went as well as can be expected,” said Abrams of his brother, who had surgery for throat cancer six years ago.

“The doctors were able to save his jugular and carotid artery, but they had to cut a little near his voicebox,” said Abrams. “His voice will be a little more raspy, so he won’t be able to yell at the jockeys as much.”

Abrams said his brother was in good spirits shortly after the surgery. “Two hours after, he was joking and had a real good sense of humor,” he said. “When I told him they were able to save his jugular and carotid, he gave me the thumbs-up. When I told him they had to cut into the voicebox, he gave me the finger.

“Later in the afternoon, he wanted to get a bet down at Indiana Downs.”

Abrams said that his brother might be able to return to his Arcadia home this weekend before being re-evaluated in two weeks. “He will need some radiation,” said Abrams. “And he will have to take thyroid medication for life.

“The doctor said the long-range prognosis is that Barry can live as normal a life as anybody who never had the cancer,” said Abrams.

“We’re hoping that Barry can make the last part of Del Mar,” said Abrams, who lives in San Diego. Assistant Richard Baltas is supervising the 32-horse stable.

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