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.
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.