Galpin in Grave Condition
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Veteran bloodstock agent Richard Galpin.

Veteran bloodstock agent Richard Galpin of Newmarket International is on life support at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in South Florida after becoming ill while in the Miami area for Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton select sale of 2-year-olds in training at Calder Race Course. Galpin was injured in a fall, but attended the auction's under tack show Friday. He later was stricken, suffering massive bleeding in his brain, according to several sources.

Terence Collier, Fasig-Tipton's director of marketing, announced the seriousness of Galpin's condition from the auction stand prior to the start of Tuesday's sale and expressed the family's gratitude for the expressions of sympathy and support they had received from the Thoroughbred industry.

Galpin was part of a partnership, which also involved trainer Brian Meehan and bloodstock agent Hugo Merry, that purchased David Junior for $175,000 at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale at Calder. The Pleasant Tapcolt was a champion and group I winner in both England and the United Arab Emirates.

Collier said that, barring a major change for the better in Galpin's condition, the bloodstock agent would be removed from life support Wednesday.

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