06/09/2010 11:00PM

Broberg having a huge rookie year


Karl Broberg launched a training career late last year and hit 100 wins Wednesday night. He can keep rolling right along on Saturday, when he sends out leading contenders in the allowance features at Lone Star Park and Louisiana Downs.

Broberg has divisions at both tracks, as well as at Evangeline Downs, where Hemi Power gave him the milestone win. An owner turned trainer, Broberg started a few horses at the tail end of 2009 and registered his first training win in November. He then delved into a full-out training career when the calendar changed, and through Thursday ranked eighth in wins in North America with 98 from 468 starters in 2010.

"Things have gone incredibly well," Broberg said. "I've been blessed with owners allowing me to put horses in the right spots. Our owners have supported us, been active in the claiming game, enabling us to win 100 races."

Broberg has the coupled entry of La Grand Pari and Flatland Fever in race 2 at Lone Star, a first-level allowance that will be run over five furlongs on turf. Both come off a win, with Flatland Fever taking a $7,500 starter allowance May 29, wiring his rivals to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 76, which is the best turf number in Saturday's field. It was his second straight turf sprint win at the meet.

"The race looks really tough," Broberg said. "There appears to be a bunch of speed in there. I probably like the other half of the entry better."

La Grand Pari used stalking tactics to win a $15,000 conditioned claimer at five furlongs on turf in his last start May 7. Chris Landeros has been named on both halves of the entry, and Broberg said he will leave the mount choice up to the rider, who leads the standings at Lone Star.

The chief threats include Ready to Smokem, who goes for Steve Asmussen, the leading trainer in wins in North America, and Rigali Nation, from the barn of Bret Calhoun, who ranks sixth in trainer wins in North America.

At Louisiana Downs, Broberg could have the favorite in the sixth race, a second-level optional $20,000 claiming race for statebreds going 6 1/2 furlongs. He will send out Ide Ball, who won against similar at Evangeline Downs in his last start May 14. Don Simington has the mount on Ide Ball.

Roll Me Away, who won a first-level allowance for statebreds May 20, also is a logical contender.