Barry Abrams received 10 stitches to close a cut between his eyes in the emergency room at Arcadia Methodist Hospital Wednesday after 3-year-old filly The Toast of Troy head-butted him in the Santa Anita paddock prior to the fourth race. But the 49-year-old trainer from Minsk, Russia, was back at his customary table at Clockers' Corner Thursday morning, seemingly none the worse for the incident.
"The horse just turned her head, banged her forehead into mine and knocked me right down," Abrams said. "I was seeing stars for a minute. It turned out I was fine, but blood was just pouring out. We had a head-to-head collision and the filly won."