02/28/2008 12:00AM

Galpin, bloodstock agent, dies

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Bloodstock agent Richard Galpin died Wednesday at a Florida hospital from injuries suffered in a fall on Feb. 21. He was 71 years old.

According to his wife, Jayne, Galpin was taken off life support at Aventura Hospital at 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Galpin was in Miami for the Fasig-Tipton sale at Calder at the time of the accident. He had initially walked away after falling in a parking lot but fell ill last Friday and was hospitalized for brain trauma.

Galpin, who was working for the Newmarket International agency, was a familiar figure on the auction circuit. A former trainer and racing journalist, Galpin had worked as a bloodstock agent for 50 years.

Along with his wife, Galpin is also survived by five daughters and a son. His wife said her husband donated his organs to the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

A memorial service will be held for Galpin on Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Fred Hunter Funeral Home in Hollywood, Fla. Additional memorial services will also be held in both Lexington, Ky. and Newmarket, England, where the family kept residences during the year.