For 28 years, Happy Broadbent '81 worked for his family's business. In 2007 Churchill Downs, Inc. bought it, and as vice president of Churchill Downs, Broadbent now oversees Brisnet.com, the largest online horse racing information service, which his father founded. He also manages TwinSpires the online wagering site for Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, which players can use to wager on thoroughbred, harness, and quarter horse races around the world. Broadbent also owns more than 40 thoroughbreds in Lexington.
"There was never a doubt throughout my years at Baylor and at the University of Kentucky that I would do anything but go into the thoroughbred business. Baylor gave me the foundation, the importance of working hard in your accomplishments to be successful," said Broadbent.
"During my freshman year living in Probasco Hall, Jon Chew was a tremendous role model and mentor to me. Even after I moved to Trustee to live, Mr. Chew was my advisor, and he was an inspiration to all of us, especially in his fight with cancer," said Broadbent. "Coach Fred Hubbs and his family, along with Ray Deering, were also very special to me throughout my years in Trustee. I had so many great teachers and coaches and memories from my years at Baylor." Broadbent adds that he reflects daily on the experiences he had at Baylor School.
But Broadbent is not planning a move back to Chattanooga. He describes Lexington as "the most incredible place to live." Says Broadbent, "Not only do we have beautiful countryside, rolling bluegrass, and horse farms, we also have a great community. With the University of Kentucky, it is a college town with a feel of Southern hospitality to it. April and October are my favorite months because Keeneland, the most beautiful thoroughbred racing facility in America, is open."
Happy and his wife of 28 years, Pattie, have three children, Quin, 25; Field, 22; and Lillie, 13.