Mac Robertson – A Canterbury Park Institution

Track President Randy Sampson with trainer Mac Robertson

By Katie Merritt

Mac Robertson was the leading trainer in 2016, the tenth time that he has won the title at Canterbury Park. He accumulated 71 wins, the fourth most in Canterbury Park and Downs history, and more than $1.5 million in purses. He also trained Majestic Pride to Horse of the Meet honors, the fifth time a Robertson runner has received that accolade.

In his career, Mac’s horses have earned a Canterbury record $12.3 million in purses. He was inducted into the Canterbury Park Hall of Fame in 2011. He also is the leading trainer in Canterbury history in Win Percentage, 27.73%, and In The Money Percentage, 61.79%.  His 28 Minnesota Festival of Champions victories lead all others.

Mac has been involved in the racing industry his entire life. At the age of 12 he began working for his father Hugh as an assistant trainer.  He worked for other trainers for a couple of years until he decided to go on his own. Mac’s first career victory came in his first year of training in 1994 at Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in Omaha, Nebraska.  He came to Shakopee when the track re-opened in 1995.

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