Trainer Mac Robertson became the first trainer in Canterbury Park and Canterbury Downs history to win 1,000 races at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack when Magic Glass won the first race Saturday evening. Robertson has won the Canterbury training title in 14 of the past 17 seasons. In 3,824 Canterbury starts his trainees have earned more than $21.5 million in purses.
Robertson, a multiple graded stakes winner, has won a total of 1,486 thoroughbred races in his career. His first win came at Aksarben in Omaha in 1994 and his second at Canterbury the following year. Robertson was absent as a lead trainer from 1997 until 2004. He won his first Canterbury title in 2005.
Robertson’s most accomplished runner was Win Willy who broke his maiden at Canterbury in his career debut on Aug. 16, 2008. He went on to earn $1,023,063 picking up victories in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap in a 37-race career.
Bernell Rhone is second in all-time Canterbury wins with 874 wins and $13,162,208 in purses.