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Wally Dunn

Wally Dunn
Occupation Trainer
Birthplace Minitonas, Manitoba, Canada
Birth date December 4, 1911
Death date April 21, 2004
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Blue Grass Stakes (1953)
Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (1954, 1964)
American Handicap (1964)
Ashland Stakes (1964)
Kentucky Oaks (1964)
Santa Anita Oaks (1964)
Sunset Handicap (1964)
British Columbia Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Significant horses
Correspondent, Colorado King, Blue Norther

Thomas Wallace "Wally" Dunn (December 4, 1911 - April 21, 2004) is an Canadian-born Thoroughbred horse trainer.

Born in Minitonas, Manitoba, Wally Dunn went to Vancouver, British Columbia at age seventeen where he would find work in Thoroughbred horse racing. One of five brothers who became involved in the sport, his brother Wilson Dunn bred George Royal and brother George trained the 1965 Canadian Horse of the Year. In the 1930s, Wally Dunn took horses south to race at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, California.

Dunn's career as a trainer was interrupted by World War II when he served overseas with the Canadian Army. After the war, Dunn returned to train in California. Among his notable Thoroughbreds was in Correspondent who won 1953's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course and the following year the Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes at Hollywood Park Racetrack. Wally Dunn had four horses compete in the Kentucky Derby and two in the Preakness Stakes. Correspondent's 5th place finish was his most successful Derby and in 1962 Green Hornet gave a 6th place best in the Preakness.

In 1964, he trained Colorado King who also won the Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes and equalled the world record time of 1:46.40 for 1 1/8 miles in winning the American Handicap.

Wally Dunn died in 2004 at his home in Arcadia, California at the age of 93.


  • Vancouver Sun – Wally Dunn's obituary dated April 24, 2004


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