Malibu Max Wins $50,000 Paul Bunyan Stakes

MALIBU MAX - Paul Bunyan Stakes - 05-05-18 - R03 - CBY - Finish
Malibu Max was victorious by two lengths in the $50,000 Paul Bunyan Stakes. (Photo by Coady Photography)

Press release

Two of the most dominant trainers in Canterbury Park’s recent history, Mac Robertson and Robertino Diodoro, won the two richest races on Saturday’s 10-race program.

FIGHT TO GLORY - L 'Etoile Du Nord Stakes - 05-05-18 - R02 - CBY - Action
Fight to Glory went gate to wire in the $50,000 L ‘Etoile Du Nord Stakes. (Photo by Coady Photography)

Malibu Max was victorious by two lengths in the $50,000 Paul Bunyan Stakes for Robertson, beating Diodoro’s Bourbon Cowboy. One race earlier, Diodoro-trainee Fight to Glory went gate to wire in the $50,000 L’Etoile du Nord Stakes in a rapid 1:09.46 for six furlongs, the fastest three-quarter mile time since the 2016 season. Robertson’s Hotshot Anna finished second, four lengths behind.

Malibu Max, who completed the six-furlong Paul Bunyan in 1:10.28, is owned by Novogratz Racing Stables and was ridden by last season’s leading jockey Jareth Loveberry. The five-year old paid $3.80 to win. Fight to Glory, a 4-year-old filly owned by Charles Garvey, paid $5.00, and was ridden by Orlando Mojica.

A crowd of 19,326 turned out for a simulcast of the 144th Kentucky Derby. Racing continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:45 p.m.

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