Broberg wait­ing out Har­vey

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Mary Ram­pellini

Karl Broberg will win the Evan­ge­line Downs train­ing ti­tle by a pole when the Opelousas, La., track’s meet closes on Satur­day night, but he was far from cel­e­brat­ing on Mon­day. Broberg was work­ing the phones as flood­wa­ters were threat­en­ing his farm near Delta Downs in Vin­ton, La.

There has been on­go­ing flood­ing in coastal ar­eas in Louisiana and Texas since Hur­ri­cane Har­vey made land­fall late Fri­day night in Rock­port, Texas.

“We are in a bad spot right now,” Broberg said. “I’m talk­ing with the guys at the farm, get­ting things ready if we do need to get mares out of there.”

Delta Downs, which opens its Thor­ough­bred meet Oct. 18, closed for simul­cast­ing on Mon­day and Tues­day. Sam Hous­ton, lo­cated two hours away in Hous­ton, closed for simul­cast­ing on Sun­day and Mon­day. Chris War­ren, di­rec­tor of rac­ing for Delta and Evan­ge­line, was hope­ful that Delta would be able to re­sume simul­cast­ing Wed­nes­day.

“It was real bad here this morn­ing in Vin­ton,” War­ren said Mon­day. “It was com­ing down in buck­ets. There was a lit­tle break, the sun was out, and now it’s dark again. It’s been waves of rain. The wind has never re­ally got­ten out of hand.”

Delta’s fa­cil­i­ties are in good or­der, said War­ren, with the plan still be­ing to open the back­stretch to horses on Sept. 18 in ad­vance of the meet.

Broberg said he will be there with a divi­sion, and with new goals for the sea­son. He will be com­ing off an Evan­ge­line meet at which he had won 85 races from 233 starts through Tues­day, putting him 64 wins clear of his clos­est pur­suer in the stand­ings, Sam Breaux.

“Delta is prob­a­bly my fa­vorite track to run at, pe­riod,” Broberg said. “We’ve got some very am­bi­tious goals this year on what we want to ac­com­plish. We want to make sure we win more races there than we did last year. I’m try­ing to win more higher-priced claim­ing races this year, if we can find the right horses, in­stead of just races near the bot­tom.”

Broberg owns many of the horses in his care, and his rac­ing sta­ble, End Zone Ath­let­ics, will win the Evan­ge­line owner ti­tle come Satur­day. End Zone also is the lead­ing owner in wins in North Amer­ica, while Broberg him­self leads all train­ers in wins in North Amer­ica.

“I’m the prin­ci­pal owner of End Zone Ath­let­ics,” Broberg said. “I would much rather that be a client than my­self in that role. End Zone is a ne­ces­sity to keep every­one em­ployed. I don’t want to lose the help I have. It’s get­ting tougher and tougher to get clients. I get more horses.”

Broberg said his thoughts on Mon­day were with those fight­ing flood­ing and deal­ing with prop­erty de­struc­tion, as well as his own staff and the horses at his farm.

The lead­ing rider at the Evan­ge­line meet will be Tim Thorn­ton, who has been a reg­u­lar aboard horses trained by Broberg.

Sir Genghis goes in dirt sprint

Sir Genghis, who won the $100,000 Louisiana Leg­ends Clas­sic at Evan­ge­line Downs in July, will see al­lowance ac­tion at Evan­ge­line Wed­nes­day night.

Sir Genghis has raced once since the Leg­ends Clas­sic, fin­ish­ing fourth in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Clas­sic on Aug. 5 at Louisiana Downs. He moves back to dirt and a sprint dis­tance for the eighth race at Evan­ge­line, a six-fur­long al­lowance that car­ries a purse of $26,500.

Ker­win Clark has the mount for co-owner and trainer Kirk Har­ris.

Oth­ers mak­ing up the field in­clude U S Of­fi­cer, who last year won the $100,000 Clever Trevor at Remington Park, and Nu­bin Ridge, who ran a big sec­ond to Jock­amo’s Song in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint on Aug. 5 at Louisiana Downs.

Solid card at Remington

Remington Park in Ok­la­homa City has two high-end races and two in­ter­est­ing maiden spe­cial weight races on Wed­nes­day night’s card.

An op­tional $25,000 claim­ing race over a mile on the grass goes as race 8 and drew the stakes win­ners Z Rock­star, Hol­i­day Mis­chief, Sky Flight, and Phan­tom Trip. How­ever, a pair of horses who have yet to win stakes, King Ptolemy and Ma­cho Gaba­cho, could vie for fa­voritism off third-place fin­ishes in op­tional $40,000 claim­ing races at Lone Star Park.

Karl Broberg, the na­tion’s lead­ing trainer in wins who won the first race of the Remington meet last Fri­day night, will see ac­tion in the sev­enth race, a first-level al­lowance sprint, with the promis­ing 3-year-old Blabimir. The horse was third last out in a quick first-level al­lowance at Prairie Mead­ows.

Broberg fin­ished sev­enth in the trainer stand­ings at last year’s Remington meet.

“We’re hop­ing to have a muchim­proved meet at Remington Park this year,” said Broberg.

Mine­field, a half-brother to Arkansas Derby win­ner Gayego who was sec­ond in the race that Blabimir ex­its, is a lead­ing con­tender for trainer Ron Mo­quett.

Also on the card, a maiden spe­cial weight race for Ok­la­homa-breds (race 9) drew Shot­gun’s Star, a 3-year-old half-brother to Grade 3 win­ner Shot­gun Kow­boy. Ear­lier on the card, a maiden spe­cial weight for 2-year-old fillies will mark the de­but of Tic Three, a half­sis­ter to mul­ti­ple stakes win­ner Okie Ride.


Sir Genghis will switch from turf to dirt and shorten up to a sprint in an al­lowance Wed­nes­day.

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