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Jim Price: Looking at the great ‘what if’ had Turbulator raced at Santa Anita

On a crisp Sunday evening, almost half a century ago, nearly 6,000 people crowded into an aging structure just off Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue. Moments before 6 o’clock, they let …


Memories of Playfair are bittersweet, as fans of former Spokane horse track find other venues

When Playfair closed the gates on its final meet on Dec. 17, 2000, local racing fans were forced to find other outlets to follow their favorite sport. Like a congregation …


Then and now: Playfair race track redevelopment

Spokane’s Playfair Race Course, started in 1901 when the land was also the county fairgrounds, was a modest operation compared to glamorous venues in California, Kentucky and New York.


Most recent Playfair sale compounds city’s losses

The legacy of Playfair Race Course is on display at the commercial park that took its place, as blue steel silhouettes of horse and jockey appear to race across the …


Longtime area sports figure Ken Merkel dies at age 78

Ken Merkel, a major figure in the Spokane-area sports scene for four decades, died last week. He was 78. From the 1960s to the end of the century, Merkel was …


Owner of Turbulator, Marguerite Crawford, dies

Years ago, when there was a Playfair Race Course, the press box gang and maybe a few others often referred to Marguerite Crawford as Turbulator’s mother. She wasn’t, of course. …


Marguerite Crawford, owner of Turbulator, dies

Years ago, when there was a Playfair Race Course, the press box gang and maybe a few others often referred to Marguerite Crawford as Turbulator’s mother.


Then and Now photos: Playfair track

Ever since humans managed to shinny onto the back of a horse, riders have wanted to race. Endurance, flat-track, harness and steeplechase racing became popular in many different cultures around …


Playfair memories rekindled 10 years after its demise

Gilbert (Bud) Simonis and Fred Lambert once rode horses for a living, and they are so old, they remember Playfair Race Course before it came to glory. Although Playfair is …


How West was won – on horseback

As long as she can remember, Jane Proctor has loved horses. She loves to look at horses. She loves hanging around them. Most of all, she loves to ride them. …


Turbulator was superstar in local racing’s heyday

Spokane native Jon White is part of a thirsty generation that remembers when the elusive Triple Crown was won in the high-stakes Sport of Kings. But today, if only for …


A jockey’s odyssey

While mathemat- icians might be tempted to disagree, Akifumi Kato continues to demonstrate that the shortest distance between two points is not always a straight line. Those who remember horse …


Akifumi Kato: A jockey’s odyssey

Those who remember horse racing in Spokane, remember Playfair Race Course. And those who remember Playfair, probably recall Akifumi Kato, the jockey who, strictly speaking, became the most successful rider …


Funeral mass held for horseman, cattle mogul Jim Seabeck

For the obvious reasons, it’s hard to draw a big crowd when you’re 98 years old. But Jim Seabeck, thoroughbred breeder, owner, occasional trainer and regional livestock mogul, attracted nearly …


Seabeck lived adventure-packed life

For the obvious reasons, it’s hard to draw a big crowd when you’re 98 years old. But Jim Seabeck, thoroughbred breeder, owner, occasional trainer and regional livestock mogul, attracted nearly …


YWCA’s riverfront land sold for $3.2 million

Spokane’s YWCA finally has sold its prime riverfront campus. The property, which overlooks the North Channel of the Spokane River, sold Dec. 9 for $3.2 million to The Falls, said …


YWCA sells riverfront building for $3.2 million

The deal completes six years of work by the YMCA and YWCA to sell their former downtown properties to raise money for joint campus on North Monroe Street.


Former Playfair trainer deftly spins horse tales

AUBURN, Wash. – In the 14 years they’ve raced horses at Emerald Downs, Tim McCanna has been the winningest trainer nine times. That’s more than 700 victories and nearly $6.4 …


SCAFCO banking on Playfair site

The country is in the midst of a significant recession, but that’s not stopping Larry Stone from making a significant investment in his grain storage and steel stud manufacturing company, …


SCAFCO gets go-ahead to buy Playfair land

The country is in the midst of a significant recession, but that’s not stopping Larry Stone from making a significant investment in his grain storage and steel stud manufacturing company, …


City may sell Playfair property at loss

The city’s gamble on the former horse track it bought in 2004 is poised to become a short-term loser. But in the long run, city officials say, selling the track …


Council sees Playfair profit

A year after agreeing to sell at a loss one of the largest undeveloped patches of industrial land in central Spokane, city leaders believe they can turn a profit from …


Playfair proposal put on hold again

A City Hall proposal to declare a portion of the former Playfair horse track as surplus property and put it on the market for business development has been postponed for …


Council approves Playfair payment

The Spokane City Council on Monday agreed to make a down payment on 45 acres of the former Playfair racetrack – to itself. The 5-1 vote puts the city in …


City would buy parcel from itself

Three years after Spokane utility customers spent $6.3 million for a defunct horse track in hopes of building a future sewer plant, Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and others want to …