DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has had heart attack in Dubai where he was preparing to run Game On Dude in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Baffert’s assistant, Jim Barnes, said from Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia, Calif., that Baffert was “doing very good” after having three stents inserted in two arteries on Monday. Barnes said he had spoken to the trainer’s wife, Jill, who had accompanied her husband to the Middle East, along with their young son, Bode.
Barnes said Jill Baffert told him the procedure went well and “everything should be fine.”
Bernie Schiappa, co-owner of Game on Dude, said the 59-year-old trainer wasn’t feeling well on the long flight to Dubai and arrived very tired. He said Baffert then fell ill early Monday morning and was taken to a hospital.
Schiappa is in Dubai with Baffert, and says it’ll be about eight to 10 days before the trainer would be allowed to travel home.