07/21/2011 10:09AM

Woodbine cancels Thursday card due to heat wave

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Woodbine has cancelled Thursday’s eight-race card due to extreme heat. The temperature in the Toronto area is expected to reach 38 degrees Celcius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday afternoon.

“In the best interest of the horses, and having discussed it with the HBPA and the veterinarians, it’s the right decision to cancel Thursday’s card,” said Steve Koch, Woodbine Entertainment Group’s vice-president of thoroughbred racing.

Live racing is expected to resume on Friday afternoon.