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Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap

Grade II race
Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial
Location Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Inaugurated 1992
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.fairgroundsracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000

Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually in early March at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. A Grade II event since 2001, the race is open to horses age four and older. It is contested on turf over a distance of one and one-eighth miles (nine furlongs).

The race was formerly known as the Explosive Bid Handicap but was renamed for the 2004 edition to honor Mervyn R. Muniz, Jr., a longtime racing secretary at Fair Grounds Race Course who died in 2003. [1]

There was no race in 2006 due to Hurricane Katrina.


Speed record:

  • 1:48.29 - Mystery Giver (2004) (new course record)

Most wins:

  • Proudinsky, 2008, 2009

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:








2010 Blues Street 6 Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Anstu Stables 1:50.10
2009 Proudinsky 6 Victor Espinoza Bobby Frankel Johanna Louise Glen-Teven 1:50.94
2008 Proudinsky 5 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Gary A. Tanaka 1:50.44
2007 Einstein 5 Robby Albarado Helen Pitts Midnight Cry Stable 1:49.57
2006 no race
2005 A to the Z † 5 Victor Espinoza Paula Capestro Andrew & Paula Capestro 1:50.99
2004 Mystery Giver 6 Robby Albarado Richard R. Scherer Team Block 1:48.29
2003 Candid Glen 6 Elvis Perrodin Andrew Leggio, Jr. Glen C. Warren 1:51.15
2002 Sarafan 5 Corey Nakatani Neil D. Drysdale Gary A. Tanaka 1:48.88
2001 Tijiyr 5 Robby Albarado Niall O'Callaghan Gary A. Tanaka 1:50.72
2000 Brave Act 6 Cash Asmussen Ron McAnally Sidney Craig 1:48.98
1999 Lord Smith 4 Garret Gomez Bruce C. Jackson Boich, Kruse & Kruse 1:51.27
1998 Joyeux Danseur 5 Robby Albarado Albert M. Stall, Jr. B. Wayne Hughes 1:49.20
1997 Always A Classic 4 Eddie Martin, Jr. Mark Frostad Sam-Son Farm 1:54.83
1996 Kazabaiyn 6 Kent Desormeaux Not found Not found 1:50.80
1995 Earl of Barking 5 Goncalino Almeida Richard L. Cross Henry E. Pabst 1:52.01
1994 Pride of Summer 6 Robert King, Jr. Anthony J. Bizelia TOC Stable 1:49.59
1993 Coaxing Matt 4 Eddie Martin, Jr. Neil L.Pessin Elmer E. Miller 1:50.80
1992 Slick Groom 4 K. P. Leblanc Not found Not found 1:52.60

* † In 2005, Rapid Proof won the race but later was disqualified after he tested positive for an anti-therapeutic steroid not allowed to be administered to a horse on race day.



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