Santa Anita backing Baffert

Santa Anita backs Baffert


Mark Verge, CEO of Santa Anita racecourse, said he was glad to hear Baffert’s condition is stable and his outlook good.

The legendary Baffert, who bases his stables in the Los Angeles suburb and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, will remain in hospital for a further ten days before being allowed to fly home.

“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 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.

“We understand his doctors have given him a very favourable 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 stents.

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.

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