With temperatures predicted to hit 97 degrees — and humidity that could make it feel like 110 — Canterbury Park officials canceled Thursday evening's race card, citing the health and safety of both horses and people.
After consulting Wednesday with state veterinarian Dr. Lynn Hovda, Canterbury president Randy Sampson decided it was best to be proactive. Racing will resume Friday with a 10-race card beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Hovda, who oversees the horses at Canterbury Park, said it is harder for a horse's body to cool itself than it is for humans. That makes them vulnerable to heat stroke in the kind of weather predicted for Thursday.
People who overexert themselves in the heat, such as jockeys, grooms and other workers, also could be at risk.
"If we were racing [Thursday], horses would lose 25 to 30 pounds just from sweat," Hovda said. "And with the excess humidity and no wind, it keeps the perspiration from evaporating. It's a very difficult decision to cancel racing, but it's the safe thing to do."
Thursday's cancellation marks the second time Canterbury Park has scratched an entire card in advance because of extreme heat. The track will add an extra day of racing Sept. 1.
Wolves sign Hill
The Timberwolves officially signed forward/center Jordan Hill on Wednesday, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed, though it was reported last week that the deal was for $8 million over two years.
Hill, 28, averaged 8.8 points and 6.2 rebounds on 50.6 percent shooting with the Pacers last season.
The veteran also has played for the Lakers, Rockets and Knicks after being drafted No. 8 overall by New York in 2009.
Eagle wins State Am
Alex Uloth of Crystal Lake Golf Club made a 30-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to win the 113th MGA Amateur Championship at North Oak Golf Club by one stroke.
He also began the tournament Monday with an eagle on his first hole when he shot a 63 to tie the tournament record. Uloth shot a 2-over 73 on the final day for a 206 total.
Riley Johnson of Meadows Golf Club closed with a 68 to finish second at 207.
Five Saints on All-Stars
Five members of the St. Paul Saints were selected to the North team for the American Association All-Star Game, which will be played at CHS Field on Aug. 2.
Those picked were first baseman Angelo Songco, second baseman Tony Thomas, outfielder Alonzo Harris, starting pitcher Mark Hamburger and closer Ryan Rodebaugh.
• Wild right wing Jordan Schroeder cleared waivers Wednesday. He remains Wild property and has a July 27 arbitration date if not re-signed beforehand.
• Senior forward Simone Kolander of the Gophers was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the top individual award in college soccer.
• Gophers hockey forwards Sarah Potomak and Lindsay Agnew were invited to attend Canada's national women's development team selection camp from Aug. 5-14 in Calgary, Alberta.