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Bob Baffert Suffers Heart Attack


According to Santa Anita Publicity, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sustained a heart attack in Dubai on Monday that required coronary stints to remove cardiac blockage.

“We’re all very concerned about Bob’s health and we’re glad to hear that his condition is stable and his outlook is good,” said Santa Anita CEO. Mark Verge.

“We understand his doctors have given him a very favorable prognosis and we wish him good luck with both The Factor and Game On Dude, who will be running in a couple of the biggest races of the year over the weekend.  We look forward to getting Bob back here at Santa Anita as soon as possible and we wish both him and Jill and their entire family all the best during this difficult time.”

According to various media reports, Baffert, 59, suffered a heart attack at approximately 3 a.m. on Monday in Dubai.  He was rushed to a local hospital and it was determined he had substantial arterial blockage which required the insertion of stints.  His wife Jill and 7-year-old son Bode accompanied him on the trip, as did Bernard Schiappa, part-owner of Game On Dude.

A report in the Los Angeles Times indicated Baffert is expected to be hospitalized eight to 10 days.

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