“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 C.E.O. Mark Verge. “On the other hand, and I’m sure Bob would appreciate this, we’re also very glad to learn that Bob’s got a heart!! We understand his signature white mane is intact and we’re hoping he can get back to cracking jokes and being the most-recognized guy in our sport as soon as possible.
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, who won the 2011 Santa Anita Handicap.