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Pedigree research pioneer Broadbent dies

RICHARD FOXCROFT BROADBENT, a former bloodstock agent and founder of computerised form and pedigree tool Brisnet, died on Monday aged 73.

Broadbent, known as Dick, entered the thoroughbred industry in the 1950s, buying mares at racecourses and reselling them at auction, and working his way to prominence as an agent.

In 1971 he founded Bloodstock Research Information Services, compiling comprehensive broodmare records which were published in book form and made available on cd-rom in the 1990s.

The company moved online as Brisnet and also offered handicapping, trainer and jockey statistics as well as dam and broodmare reports. In 2001 Brisnet launched an account wagering programme and six years later Broadbent sold the business to Churchill Downs.

In the 1980s Broadbent's Crestview Farm was a prominent organisation, raising champion juvenile filly Family Style and breeding Italian champion Northern Tempest.

Broadbent is survived by his wife Sandy, sons Happy and John, daughters Martha and Allison and seven grandchildren.






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