- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) - Canterbury Park officials are canceling Thursday’s live racing because of the extreme heat.

Canterbury president Randy Sampson cites the health and safety of horses and jockeys. He says the Shakopee (SHAH’-kuh-pee) track also does not want to inconvenience race fans with a last-minute decision.

Sampson says Canterbury Park consulted with chief state veterinarian Lynn Hovda before deciding to cancel the race card Thursday. Forecasts call for a heat index of more than 110 degrees.

Racing resumes Friday at 6:30 p.m. with a 10-race program. Canterbury officials plan to add a makeup race day on Sept. 1, pending approval from the Minnesota Racing Commission.

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