Bob Baffert suffers heart attack in Dubai

March 28th, 2012

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, 60, is resting comfortably after suffering a mild heart attack late Sunday evening, March 25, in Dubai, where he is scheduled to start Game on Dude in next week’s $10 million Dubai World Cup.

“He had two blocked arteries,” said Game On Dude’s co-owner Bernie Schiappa, who is in Dubai with Baffert. “The main one was 100-percent blocked, the other 90-percent. He had two stents put in one artery, one stent in the other.

“Sheikh Mohammed (bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai) has gone out of his way to get the best help to take care of Bob, who will stay in intensive care until Tuesday. He is expected to get out of the hospital on Thursday, but will have to stay eight to 10 days to recover before he can fly home.”

Game On Dude, runnerup to Drosselmeyer in the 2011 Breeders Cup Classic, has earned $2,254,658 with a 6-4-1 record in 15 starts.

Baffert, with three Eclipse Awards as outstanding trainer, has saddled three Kentucky Derby and five Preakness winners, as well as 10 Eclipse champions.

Secret Circle, come-from-behind winner in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn on March 17, will likely be Baffert’s 2012 Kentucky Derby contender. The 3-year-old son of Eddington has won five of six career starts and earned $818,990.