Trainer Bob Baffert had a heart attack early Monday morning in Dubai and is resting comfortably in a hospital there after having stents inserted into two arteries, according to Bernie Schiappa, a co-owner of Game On Dude, who is scheduled to run on Saturday in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.
Baffert was feeling ill late Sunday night and into Monday morning, Schiappa said in a telephone call from Dubai.
"Bob had a heart attack," Schiappa said. "He had two blocked arteries. 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," Schiappa said, referring to the ruler of Dubai, "has gone out of his way and got the best help to take care of Bob. He will stay in intensive care until Tuesday, and is expected to get out of the hospital on Thursday. He will have to stay eight to 10 days to recover before he can fly home."
Schiappa said Baffert was at the barn on Sunday. Baffert and his wife, Jill, were scheduled to join Schiappa and his wife for dinner, but Baffert begged off and went to sleep early. Several hours later, Jill Baffert called the Schiappas and said her husband was not feeling well.
"We called 911 and the paramedics came right away," Schiappa said.