Extreme Heat Causes Canterbury to Scrap Thursday Program

The canceled card included two Quarter Horse races.

Edited press release

Canterbury Park has canceled racing for Thursday.

Due to extreme temperatures and a heat index exceeding 110 degrees forecast for in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for Thursday, Canterbury Park officials have canceled the track's scheduled 10-race card.

“Forecasts call for a dangerously high heat index of more than 110 degrees," said Canterbury Park president Randy Sampson. "After consulting with Chief State Veterinarian Dr. Lynn Hovda, we have determined it is best to be proactive and cancel Thursday’s races.

"The health and safety of both our equine and human athletes is always our primary concern," he added.

Thursday's canceled card included two Quarter Horse races. Racing is scheduled to resume at Canterbury Park with a 10-race program on Friday.

Canterbury officials have added a make-up race day on Thursday, September 1. The request for the additional date has already been approved by the Minnesota Racing Commission.

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