Trainer Mac Robertson ran away with the Canterbury Park training title in 2016, his tenth at the track, defeating local rival Robertino Diodoro, according to canterburylive.com. Robertson won the title nine consecutive times in a row, beginning in 2005, until Diodoro defeated him in 2014 and 2015. Over the course of the 69-day meet, Robertson won 71 races for over $1.5 million in earnings at the Minnesota oval, defeating Diodoro by 22 victories.
“I think we run the best stable in the Midwest,” Robertson said. “For the most part, I'm pretty proud of the horses and the crew, a winning crew. We had some nice horses, obviously. You don't win 60-some races without good horses.”
In the jockey race, the title came down to the final night of racing, with Dean Butler defeating Alex Canchari by a single race, 82-81.
Handle for the meet, including Quarter Horse racing, was up 5.3 percent over 2015, finishing up at $43.3 million. Daily on-track handle dipped slightly, down 1.5 percent, but out-of-state handle increased 10.5 percent daily.
Joe Novogratz was the leading owner with 18 wins.
Canterbury Park's 2016 divisional champions:
Horse of the year – Majestic Pride (owner: Hugh Robertson, Jeff Ryan, and Gary Chanen ; trainer: Mac Robertson)
3yo male: One Mean Man (Mizzen Mast) (owner: L.T.B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing; trainer: Bernard Flint)
3yo filly: Honey's Sox Appeal (Successful Appeal) (owner: Bob Lindgren; trainer: Mac Robertson )
2yo: Line Judge (Strong At Last) (owner: Barry and Joni Butzow; trainer: Joe Sharp)
Sprinter: Honey's Sox Appeal (owner: Bob Lindgren; trainer: Mac Robertson )
Older horse: Majestic Pride (owner: Hugh Robertson, Jeff Ryan, and Gary Chanen; trainer: Mac Robertson)
Grass horse: Majestic Pride (owner: Hugh Robertson, Jeff Ryan, and Gary Chanen; trainer: Mac Robertson
Older filly or mare: Secret Someone (A.P. Indy) (owner: Mt. Brilliant Stable; trainer: Michael Stidham)
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