Biography: Salvatore DeBunda was elected President of the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association in 2010 after completing five three-year terms as an Owner Director and First Vice President.
A shareholder in the law firm of Archer & Greiner, P.C. in Philadelphia, DeBunda was instrumental in writing and advocating the horsemen’s language for the legislation for Act 71, which allots a percentage of the slot machine revenue to the PA Horse Racing Development Fund. The passage of the bill has allowed Parx Racing to lead the industry in providing pensions and medical benefits for trainers, health care for backstretch employees, a retirement program for its racehorses, backstretch renovations and competitive purses.
As a longtime horse owner racing under the name of Dun Roamin Farm, Inc., DeBunda, in his capacity as Owner Director and Officer, has worked diligently to provide better purses, improved working conditions and facilities for the horsemen and horses, and to establish and support horsemen’s rights to equal treatment at Parx.
DeBunda is a co-founder and Executive Producer of Let’s Go Racing, a weekly show on Comcast SportsNet which provides banter between hosts, replays of races, and previews of major races at Parx and across the country. The show celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.
“In the 18 years that I have been working for the PTHA, the biggest reward is being a part of the passion and love that our horsemen bring to the sport of racing,” he said.