INGLEWOOD, Calif. (March 26, 2012)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is resting in a Dubai hospital after suffering a heart attack.
Baffert, who turned 59 Jan. 13, was in the United Arab Emirates preparing Game On Dude for the $10 million Dubai World Cup, which will be run Saturday.
According to the Daily Racing’s Form Jay Privman, Baffert was hospitalized after his wife Jill called 911 after her husband complained he wasn’t feeling well.
“Bob had a heart attack,’’ Bernie Schiappa, one of Game On Dude’s owners, told Privman. “He had two blocked arteries. The main one was 100% blocked, the other 90%. He had two stents put in one artery and one stent in the other.’’
Schiappa added Baffert was scheduled to remain in intensive care until Tuesday and expected to be released from the hospital Thursday. He will have to remain in Dubai for 8-10 days before he will be able to return to California.
A member of the sport’s Hall of Fame since 2009, Baffert is third behind Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen in terms of stable earnings in 2012. Through March 25, Baffert has won with 40 of 126 starters and banked $2,869,826.
A winner of nine Triple Crown races, Baffert ranks sixth on the all time earnings list with $172,474,744. He’s won 2,178 races.\
A father of five, Baffert has won 24 training titles in Southern California, including three at Betfair Hollywood Park. His most recent local title came during the 2011 Spring/Summer meet. He finished with 36 victories, including his third win in the Hollywood Gold Cup with First Dude.
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