March 28, 2012, Dubai, UAE- Baffert, 59, suffered a heart attack while in his hotel room in Dubai on Sunday, and quick action by his wife, Jill, brought local paramedics to the scene who transferred Baffert quickly to the local hospital’s emergency room. After a doctor arrived to do an ECG, Baffert was moved to ICU and soon received three stents for blockages in two arteries.
Bernie Schiappa, co-owner of Game On Dude, one of the leading contenders for the Dubai World Cup said, “Sheikh Mohammed 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.”
Baffert and his wife, Jill, were scheduled to join Schiappa and his wife for dinner Sunday night, but Baffert was not feeling well and went to sleep early, according to Schiappa. Several hours later, Jill Baffert called the Schiappas and reported that Bob was feeling worse.
“We called 911 and the paramedics came right away,” said Schiappa, who is staying in the same hotel as the Bafferts. “The way we were handled from the time we got to the emergency room throughout to the ICU was unbelievable.” Schiapa said Baffert is in good spirits and should be at released in time to be at the track on Saturday.
Sheikh Mohammad, accompanied by his bloodstock manager, Alex Fergusson, visited Baffert at the hospital on Monday.
Baffert is in Dubai with top contender, Game On Dude, for Saturday’s World Cup (Gr1) USD 10 million$ spectacular. The winner will take home a cool USD $6million.
Game On Dude has drawn Post position 14 and will be ridden by North American female jockey Chantal Sutherland, the first female jockey to ride in the World’s Richest horse race.
Baffert also trains The Factor owned by George Bolton & Fog City Stables, entered in the Dubai Golden Shaheen $2,000,000 (Gr 1).
Twice winner of the Dubai World Cup, Baffert won with Silver Charm in 1998 and Captain Steve in 2001.