07/15/2008 11:00PM

Pat Day to help dedicate track's chapel


Canterbury Park will be buzzing with activity over the next few weeks as final preparations are made for the dedication of the racetrack chapel building that is scheduled for July 27. Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day will be the guest speaker at the final fundraising dinner for the event, which will be held after the conclusion of the races that day. Tickets for the dinner are available from track chaplain Tommy Bartram at $50 per plate.

* Canterbury Park officials are hoping that the meet's large turnouts for big race days continue on Sunday when the track hosts Extreme Race Day. The promotion includes camel and ostrich races in addition to two stakes events, a 100-yard sprint for Quarter Horses, a 2 1/16-mile endurance contest, and a race that will feature runners on the main track and turf course competing simultaneously.

* Members of the Canterbury Park backstretch will gather together on Saturday in remembrance of Rob Burton, who worked in a variety of capacities at Canterbury Park the last few years, most recently as jockey Derek Bell's valet. Burton died this past winter after battling cancer for more than two years. His friends are invited to meet for a photograph in the winner's circle after the last race.