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Did Broberg’s Tweets Cost Him Stalls At Remington Park?

Karl Brobeg, with jockey C.J. McMahon, wearing silks promoting the trainer’s Twitter account (photo from Broberg’s Twitter feed)

Karl Broberg is convinced his Twitter account is to blame for him not being able to stable at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Okla.

“They have exercised their private property rights to deny me stalls and they really won't give me a straight answer as to why,” Broberg said of Remington Park management. “It's because of my social media nonsense when I spoke horribly of the way it was managed. I never said anything on there that was that offensive and I sure didn't say anything that wasn't true.”

Broberg took to Twitter to express his frustration when Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, shut down in July after a racing office employee tested positive for COVID-19 and there was little communication between track management and horsemen about when racing might resume.

Both Lone Star Park and Remington Park are owned by the Chickasaw Nation's Global Gaming Solutions.

Broberg has also criticized the horsemen's organization at Remington Park, the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, that he referred to as “the whiniest bunch of (deleted) in the world.”

“I'm a little outspoken,” said Broberg, a former advertising executive who has been the leading North American trainer by wins from 2014-'19 and indirectly oversees several strings from his Dallas-area home. “I'm seldom there. My crew is good and quiet. We try to do it the right way. To the best of my knowledge I'm the only guy who's ever been ruled off who has never been suspended. I'm coming up on 4,000 career wins without one suspension.”

Remington had excluded Broberg in 2013 after The Jockey Club suspended his privileges for having three medication violations in 2011 and one additional violation in 2012. When he fought the Remington ban in court, the judge's ruling in favor of the racetrack exclusion said the Texas Racing Commission had previously caught a vet going into a stall in Broberg's barn carrying four loaded syringes. The vet was charged but Broberg was not.

Broberg is allowed to enter horses at Remington and he said he is taking 18 horses to a training center 15 miles from the track.

“I'm allowed to haul in to the receiving barn,” he said. “But the way we run our program – school in the paddock, stand in the gate – it becomes a logistical nightmare.”

Last year, Broberg won 57 races from 289 starters at the Oklahoma City track.

“Remington has always been such an integral part of my life, even before I started training,” said Broberg, who took out his trainer's license in 2009. “It sucks. It's so unfortunate. This is costing them money, a lot of starts. The first two days they had full entries,but the next two days were horrible.”

With about 150 horses in training, Broberg maintains strings in Louisiana at Louisiana Downs and at Evangeline Downs, where he won six races from six starters on Aug. 19. Those Evangeline Downs horses will go to Delta Downs when the meet ends on Saturday. He also has horses at Canterbury Park in Minnesota and Prairie Meadows in Iowa.

So far in 2020, he's won 236 races from 1,187 starts, a 20% winning percentage.

“I intend on sending some horses to Kentucky and I want to send a few to Belmont,” Broberg added. “I'm going to try to establish myself at Hawthorne and use that as the replacement for Remington Park.”


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