Salvatore M. DeBunda
Biography: Three decades ago, Salvatore M. DeBunda, Esq., formed Dun Roamin Farm, Inc. He captured his first victory with Change Ammo at Garden State Park on February 8, 1988. Since then, DeBunda has notched over 330 wins, placed in the money at an incredible 55% clip, and earned in excess of $6 million.
By far his best horse was fellow Parx Racing Hall of Fame member Roamin Rachel, winner of the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes in addition to other graded stakes. Additional stakes winners owned by Dun Roamin Farm include Allens Blessing, Basque Song, Discreet Senorita, Great Lookinblonde, Senor Cielo, and Sinceilostmybaby. Other notable horses from the small stable include April Kizzie, At the Zenith, Dun Roamin Hero, Dun Roamin Lady, Dun Roamin Magic, Flatter Me Zanja, Irish Colonel, Made Up, Sanculpa, Senator Vince, Senor Charismatic, Senor Cielo Two, Senorita Cielo, Senorita Louisa, Settimo Cielo, Silver Dollar Kids, and Wellington’s Appeal.
DeBunda was also inducted into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame in 2013 for Special Achievement, in honor of his outstanding contributions to Pennsylvania horsemen. He 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.
DeBunda lives with fiancee Cheryl Finocchiaro in Blue Bell, Pa.