07/03/2012 7:02PM

Canterbury Park cancels holiday card due to heat wave

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. – With the temperatures expected to reach triple digits and a heat index expected to hit 114 degrees on July 4, officials at Canterbury Park has canceled its holiday card and rescheduled the day's events for Saturday.

“The health of both our equine and human athletes as well as our race fans is always our primary concern," said Canterbury Park President Randy Sampson. "After consulting with chief state veterinarian Dr. Lynn Hovda, we have determined it is in everyone’s best interests to cancel tomorrow’s races.”

All of the scheduled races, including the $75,000 Northbound Pride Oaks, will be redrawn on Thursday, July 5.    

All Fourth of July festivities, including wiener dog races, a hot dog eating contest, and free hot dogs for all patrons, will take place on Saturday.