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Tri-City father remembered in unique way

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A former Tri-Citian is honoring her late father in a unique, and heart-warming way. Gary Combs passed away this time last year, and aside from his family, he had one passion...horses.

That is why his daughter traveled across the country, spreading his ashes at different racetracks; all in time for this weekend's big race.

Maxine Combs says her husband used to ride with the wind, and his life was horse racing.

Gary lost his battle with a severe pulmonary disease, but he never lost his love for the sport.

Maxine said, "His last year or two, he was so sick, that's all he did--watch all the horse racing."

That's when Gary and Maxine's daughter, Syringa, had an idea. Why not spread her father's ashes at his favorite racetracks.

"He wasn't able to travel much the last few years, and I thought that these are places I would've loved to be able to take him when he was alive, but couldn't go," said Syringa. So around the country she went; Pimloco, Churchill Downs, Belmont Park. All so Gary Combs will never miss a race.

Maxine says it's no shock her daughter decided to do something like this; she was, after all, a daddy's girl. Syringa says spreading her dad's ashes was therapeutic for her. And if there is ever a triple-crown winner again, Gary be right there.

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