06/30/2010 12:00AM

Robertson part of three-way fight for leading trainer


Mac Robertson is no cinch to win his sixth consecutive training title at Canterbury Park. After 26 days of this 62-day meet, Robertson is deadlocked with Michael Biehler at 18 wins. Bernell Rhone is just one back heading into July.

This is Robertson's first summer splitting his barn between Delaware and Minnesota. He has won with 6 of his 26 starters at Delaware Park, with stable earnings of $147,200. In 49 starts at Canterbury, Robertson has 18 victories and has earned $250,550.

A tight battle is brewing atop the jockey standings among Dean Butler, Ry Eikleberry, and Eddie Martin Jr. Butler, the defending champion, is in the lead with 29 victories from 116 mounts -- and a return on investment of $2.64.

With Derek Bell losing many of his riding opportunities due to the departure of the Jamie Ness stable, Eikleberry has taken advantage this meet and is three wins behind Butler. Eikleberry leads all jockeys in mounts (128) and in-the-money finishes (71). He has parlayed his back-to-back riding titles at Turf Paradise into his first legitimate chance to top Canterbury's standings.

Martin is in his first full season at Canterbury. He is primarily riding for Richard and Gary Scherer. Martin has bounced back after a tough meet at Fair Grounds in which he won only 9 percent of his 223 starts. He has won with 21 of his 102 Canterbury mounts.

* Due to a move of the Lilith Fair concert tour to the Target Center, Canterbury has added a racing card on Sunday, July 18. First post will be 1:30 p.m.