Trainer Bob Baffert suffered a heart attack in Dubai early Monday and is resting comfortably in a UAE hospital. The trainer of Game On Dude and The Factor, going in this year’s Dubai World Cup and Dubai Golden Shaheen, respectively, has had plenty of success in the UAE before, winning the world’s richest race with Captain Steve and Silver Charm. The Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman broke the story via Twitter after speaking with Game On Dude’s co-owner, Bernie Schiappa. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited Baffert in hospital.
Baffert, 59, is doing well after having stents were implanted to help with two blocked arteries. He is due to be discharged on Thursday, and attend the Dubai World Cup. Trainer Tim Yakteen has been in Dubai to help oversee the Baffert runners.
Expect the best coverage on this topic from the Daily Racing Form – HERE. Dave Grening is in Dubai, and California-based correspondent Jay Privman will also have more.