The AquaSox, managed by Jose Moreno, are expected to have several players the Mariners drafted in June on the roster this season.
The Everett AquaSox, after having their scheduled exhibition game Wednesday against the Everett Merchants rained out, will open the their short-season Class A schedule Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Everett will take on the Hillboro Hops, starting at 7:15 p.m.
The AquaSox, managed by Jose Moreno, are expected to have several players the Mariners drafted in June on the roster this season, including pitcher Logan Gilbert, the team’s first-round pick, and center fielder Josh Stowers, the team’s second-round pick.
Emerald Downs race for trainers at least 90
In honor of Father’s Day, Emerald Downs’ is carding one of the unique races in Thoroughbred history.
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Sunday’s sixth race — “The Not in Any Rocking Chair Starter Allowance” — is for 3-year-olds and up which have started for a claiming price of $3,500 or less in 2017-18 and whose trainer was born on or before June 6, 1928.
In other words, the race is open to horses whose trainers are at least 90 years old, of which Emerald Downs has several. The horses in Sunday’s race are conditioned by 94-year-old Arturo Arboleda, 91-year-old H.R. Pat Mullens, 90-year-old Ira Rhodes and 90-year-old Bob Meeking, who celebrated his 90th on June 6.
“We thought this would be a great way to honor these guys on Father’s Day,” said Phil Ziegler, president of Emerald Downs Racetrack and Casino. “What other sport could a 90-year-old still be out knocking heads with the younger guys and gals?”
Originally from Canada, Meeking has had a long and celebrated career while conditioning horses such as Longacres Derby winners Mincemeat (1970) and Salad Sam (1976). Still going strong at 90, he has five wins this season and is looking forward to Sunday.
“I think it’s a good idea, and it seems apt for Father’s Day,” he said. “What it really shows, though, is that this is an ageless business.”
• Debby King of Eugene, Ore., shot a 3-over 74 to earn medalist honors at the U.S. Senior Women’s Open qualifying at Fairwood Golf & Country club in Renton. Patricia Ehrhart of Honolulu and Lara Tennant of Portland took the other two spots to the championships, set for July 12-15 in Wheaton, Ill.
• Washington senior Joe Wainhouse was named to the NCAA Division I All-West Region first team.
• Nathan Hale High School’s girls ultimate team won the High School National Invite Girls’ Division final over the weekend in Rockford, Ill. The Raiders rallied to win in double overtime 12-11 against High County of North Carolina. The Nathan Hale boys team lost to Grady High of Georgia in the title game, 13-10.