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Phoenix Trotting Park Demolished: Jimmy Dunnigan: from Buffalo Raceway to Phoenix Trotting Park to Los Alamitos Race Course in California, see The Demolition video at the end of article.

 

 

BUFFALO RACEWAY COURIER EXPRESS EXACTA ADD

   Jimmy Dunnigan opened Buffalo Raceway in nineteen forty-two, after his father, the late State Senator John J. Dunnigan, led the way to legalizing pari-mutuel betting in New York State.  Jimmy made it a success and became a multi-millionaire. He stayed to his roots and became one of the most charitable men that ever walked these parts.  His good deeds remained silent to others including the media.  Although Dunnigan was only five- feet four inches tall, my father, the late Courier Express Sports Columnist Phil Ranallo called him  the “Little Giant.”

Dunnigan placed all of his money on the table in a business venture that failed in Phoenix Arizona, the track was called Phoenix Trotting Park. You can see some amazing videos on YouTube.  He lost everything; he suffered a stroke and two heart attacks and was also confined to a wheelchair.  He was hospitalized for eighteen months.  He recovered and made a huge comeback in establishing harness racing in the state of California.  Jimmy Dunnigan,  “The Little Giant” passed away in 1983. His life was an inspirational story. Please take the time to read the columns my father wrote about Jimmy Dunnigan.

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JIMMY DUNNIGAN   owned Buffalo Raceway and made a lot of money there. He  took  a ” Big Gamble”  by building a second facility in Phoenix Arizona, my fathers column tells the story about Phoenix  Trotting Park   – Buffalo Courier Express, Monday, January 11, 1965  – Phil Ranallo- “What’s New Harry?”

01 11 65 JIMMY DUNNIGAN PHOENIX TROTTING PARK OPENS

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Photo of Phoenix Trotting Park

 

JIMMY DUNNIGAN  – The Big Gamble on the Phoenix Trotting Park failed  in Arizona.  Jimmy Dunnigan lost Buffalo Raceway and the Phoenix Trotting Park. My father writes about the way Dunnigan gracefully clears out his Buffalo Raceway office for the new owner – Emprise Corporation-  Tuesday, January 23,1968 – Phil Ranallo –  What’s New Harry?

01 23 68 JI9MMY DUNNIGAN CLEANS OUT OFFICE SCAN A04 26 66 JIMMY DUNNIGAN 31 CLUB

 

 

JIMMY DUNNIGAN  – Former Buffalo Raceway owner  makes a  Big Comeback in California  – Sunday, August 19, 1979 – Phil Ranallo What’s New Harry? 

08 19 79  JIMMY DUNNIGAN RAGS TO RICHES AGAIN SCAN A.jpg08 19 79 JIMMY DUNNIGAN RAGS TO RICHES SCAN B

 

JIMMY DUNNIGAN NIGHT FRONT PAGE

JIMMY DUNNIGAN NIGHT PROGRAM SIGNED TO PHIL RANALLO

01 23 68 JI9MMY DUNNIGAN PROGRAM DIZZY DEAN

Jimmy Dunnigan Night-  The Special Guest Speaker  was Dizzy Dean, may Jimmy Dunnigan and my father, Phil Ranallo, “Rest in Peace”

 

This video shows how Futuristic the Phoenix Trotting Park was, Jimmy Dunnigan was ahead of his time.

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TAR BOY BUFFALO RACEWAY CREDIT ARTIST ROBERT REIGER ARTIST 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Tar Boy, considered by many to be the greatest pacer bred in this area drew record crowds at Buffalo Raceway. He was trained and driven by Levi Harner.  Credit Artist Robert Reiger for the above. To all at Buffalo Raceway, Thanks for the Memories.

https://harnessmuseum.com/content/james-j-dunnigan-sr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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