KENNEWICK -- Every year, my wife likes to go to the horses races for a day at Sun Downs race track in Kennewick.
She wanted to go last weekend, but I said no.
Do yourself a favor, I said. Wait until May 7 or 8 because there is going to be some great races and great horses running.
It also happens to be the final weekend of the meet.
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On Saturday, fans can bet on the Kentucky Derby (and watch it), but there are also a couple of big stakes races.
On Sunday -- the final day of the meet -- the Pot O'Gold Futurity finals, another stakes race, and the Au Revoir Handicap for thoroughbreds are scheduled.
With the future of horse racing in Kennewick in doubt -- the state horse racing commission may not have the scratch next year to help the meet keep going -- this could be the final chance to see horse racing in the area for years.
College football update
Idaho Statesman beat writer Chadd Cripe, who covers the Boise State University football team, mentioned Prosser's Kirby Moore as one of 13 players who stood out during spring drills.
"The brother of Kellen Moore should be a major factor in the possession passing game," wrote Cripe. "Kirby, a sophomore, is a smart player with good hands and a 6-foot-2 frame.
* Seattle Times writer Bob Condotta has Prosser's Cody Bruns, a senior-to-be this fall, as the team's place-holder, backup punt returner and a No. 3 wide receiver in his unofficial depth chart after spring drills.
* Oregon's attendance of 43,468 set a Pac-12 record for a spring football game Saturday. I thought those numbers only happened in the South.
Hot hoops stars
Jon Kinloch reports that for the first time in the nine years of the WICBA/WIAA Basketball Combine, a Tri-Cities and Yakima team both made it to the finals of the 16-team tournament this past weekend.
Never before had either team made it that far at this event in Bellevue.
Tri-City team members are Kennewick's Reggie Clinton, Domach Domach and Bryce Leavitt; Almira/Coulee-Hartline's Derek Isaac; Sunnyside's Israel Manzo; Kamiakin's Justin Pedley and Cody Wilmoth; Southridge's Derek Porter; and Richland's Colter Quick.
Yakima's team consisted of West Valley's Jason Dresker and Austin Strock; Ellensburg's Nick Gigstead, David Jacobs and Reese Ravet; Davis' Cooper Kupp; Grandview's Daniel Nielson; Granger's Andrew Reddout; and Zillah's Joel Yellow Owl.
Both teams went 3-0 in their preliminary games.
The Tri-City team defeated Yakima 76-67, as Pedley and Porter scored 13 points each for Tri-Cities, and Wilmoth and Leavitt added nine each. Kupp paced Yakima with 14 points, while Reddout added 11.
Dust Devils stuff
The Tri-City Dust Devils broke ground last week on two new projects that should be ready for opening night June 17.
Both are new field-level areas. Dusty's Bullpen is on the first-base line for a group of 25 people. People in that section will have access to the all-you-can-eat and drink barbecue area.
The other is the Hot Corner, for 50 people on the third-base side next to the visitors dugout.
This and that
Congrats to Benton City's Chelsea McClammer, the Paralympian who finished second among Junior Wheelchair women at Bloomsday on Sunday. She completed the 12-kilometer course in 43 minutes, 23 seconds. ... Southridge High grad Andrew Mendenhall hit his first collegiate home run Saturday to help give the Oregon Ducks a 4-3 victory over California. ... This Saturday's Outdoors page will be our last in the sports section. The following Thursday -- May 12 -- we'll have the Outdoors on its own section front. It means more Outdoors every Thursday. ... Also, we've moved the Mid-Columbia Replay, our this date in Herald sports history item that has run in the Scoreboard since last September, to the front page of our daily sports section. ... Check the H1 Unlimited website to see U-96 driver Dave Villwock in a pretty wild flip of his SS400 Superstock flatbottom boat in Moses Lake on Saturday. Villwock was getting ready for a start when his boat got out of position and rolled. He was OK.