With high heat indexes expected Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Canterbury Park racing officials, after consulting with the Minnesota Racing Commission and the Minnesota HBPA, proactively changed post time each night to 7:00 p.m. CT from the originally scheduled 5:00 p.m.
“The decision to race later in the evening as temperatures drop is in the best interest of the racehorses and the people that work outdoors with them,” Senior Director of Racing Operations Chris Merz said. “The Minnesota Racing Commission veterinary staff was consulted and the Minnesota HBPA, which represents owners, trainer and jockeys, is in full agreement. Making the decision today allows for everyone involved, including our racing fans, to make necessary adjustments.”
With the change in post times two turf races will be moved to the main track. The turf course is not illuminated for racing after sunset. Race 7 on Wednesday will now be run at 5 furlongs on the main track. Race 6 on Thursday will be run at one mile on the main track.