Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap

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Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial
Grade II race
Location Fair Grounds Race Course
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Inaugurated 1992
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance 1 18 miles (9 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $300,000

Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap is an Grade II American Thoroughbred horse race for horses aged four and older run annually in early March at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana on the turf at a distance of 1 18 miles (nine furlongs).

Race history[edit]

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:

Most wins:

  • Proudinsky, 2008, 2009

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:


2016 Take the Stand (ARG) 5 Edgar S. Prado William I. Mott Mack/Wachtel Stable/Brous Stable 1:47.80
2015 Chocolate Ride 5 Joseph Talamo Brad H. Cox John Wentworth 1:48.18
2014 Skyring 5 Joseph Rocco, Jr. D. Wayne Lukas Calumet Farm 1:52.01
2013 Amira's Prince 4 Junior Alvarado William Mott Wachtel Stable, Eclipse Thor. Part. & Gary Barber 1:49.76
2012 Casino Host 4 John Velazquez Chad Brown Gary & Mary West 1:50.87
2011 Smart Bid 5 Edgar Prado H. Graham Motion Augustin Stable 1:49.97
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 J. 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 Robert Hess, Jr. Jeremy Stable, et al 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 Donald Cormier, Sr. Albert Pusch 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.