Did you know the chairman of the board of the fabled Longacres racetrack in Renton collected equine art?
It’s true! Morris Alhadeff, who married into Longacres (his wife’s father, Joseph Gottstein, was its founder), ran the business for forty-one years. In 1976 he invited artist Kenneth Callahan to watch the horses at the track. Inspired, Callahan made a series of gouache-and-oil paintings. Alhadeff liked them, and so began his art collection. It grew to over five hundred pieces, making it the largest collection on display at any racetrack in the country. In 1988, Alhadeff handed over operations of Longacres to his sons. Longacres’ final race was in 1992, and Alhadeff died in 1994. •
Illustration by Regina Volpi Baerwalde for City Arts.