Former Prescott Downs President Albert Funk Dies

Albert Funk, 73, a former president of Prescott Downs, died Tuesday at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, Calif., following a brief illness.

Funk, who lived in Las Vegas, and his father, David Funk, opened Caliente Race Track in Tijuana, the first horse-dog racing facility in North America, in 1947.

He also served as vice president of Las Vegas Downs, a greyhound track that opened amid much fanfare in 1981. Funk hoped to also open the track to horse racing, but the track failed, permanently closing after two seasons of dog racing.

He started in greyhound racing in 1929 at his family's Phoenix Greyhound Park and worked with several dog racing facilities in Arizona. In 1967, he was became secretary of Prescott Downs, a Thoroughbred facility, and in 1970 was named the track's president.