With a high heat index expected, Canterbury Park racing officials will delay Wednesday evening’s first post until 9:05 p.m. EDT and will not conduct the first five originally scheduled thoroughbred races, leaving seven quarter horses races beginning at the adjusted start time. The decision was made after consultation with the Minnesota Racing Commission veterinary staff and in agreement with the Minnesota HBPA.
The Wednesday program was to begin at 6 p.m. EDT with 12 races – five thoroughbred races followed by seven quarter horse races. With a heat index forecast to exceed 105 degrees into the early evening, racing officials opted to delay Wednesday’s start until the apparent temperature is projected to subside and to cancel the first five races. The seven quarter horse races, races 6 through 12, are time trials for the Northlands Futurity and the Canterbury Park Quarter Horse Derby. The final race is now scheduled for 11:53 p.m. EDT.
“We made the decision to delay Wednesday racing, based on the forecast of an extremely high heat index, with the safety of all participants, horses, jockeys, staff and spectators, in mind,” said vice president of racing Andrew Offerman. “We are confident that by 8 p.m. (CDT) the temperatures will have decreased to a comfortable and safe level.”
There will be no admission charge on Wednesday. Gates open at 8 p.m. EDT. Indoor seating, which is also free, offers air-conditioned comfort.
Racing at the track was to resume Wednesday after a nine-day break while the Shakopee, Minn., facility hosted a three-day music festival held in the racetrack infield. The pause allowed horse trainers and their equine counterparts to prepare for the final 29 days of the 65-day season.