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Ladies Day Racing at the Kootemai Fairgrounds where the Coeur d'Alene Turf Club was located, actually started in 1965. As the North Idaho Fair it was one of the first pari-mutual racetracks in Idaho. In 1970 the track became Coeur d'Alene Turf Club.

When Coeur d'Alene Turf Club came in to existence it was now considered a commercial track and was granted 27 racing days. The beginning of the Coeur d'Alene season usually coincided with the closing of the Playfair track in nearby Spokane, assuring horses for it's remote location. In the early eighties the arrival of dog racing and Indian Bingo Halls took their toll on the track. Already meager attendance and handle numbers went even lower and at the end of the 1983 season Coeur d'Alene Turf Club was no more.  

In 2012 the grandstand is still intact, because like most Northwest racing venues there races are run at local fairgrounds which still have a fair, racing or not. As for the track itself, it is long gone. All that's left is the compulsory rodeo area in front of the grandstand.