01/11/2015 4:13PM

Paddock judge Ramon Muniz dies at 65


Ramon Muniz, the longtime paddock judge at Fair Grounds, was found dead in his home Saturday after failing to show up for work.

Muniz, 65, was the brother of Mervin Muniz, who was Fair Grounds’ racing secretary from 1976 until his passing in 2003 and for whom the Mervin Muniz Handicap is named.

Ramon Muniz also logged decades of work at Fair Grounds and served stints at the now-defunct Jefferson Downs in suburban New Orleans and at Evangeline Downs.

The Muniz brothers were introduced to the racing game by their father, Ramon “Blackie” Muniz, a jockey’s agent. Ramon is survived by a brother, Bobby Muniz.

Arrangements are pending. While Muniz was found deceased, foul play is not suspected, and the coroner did not order an autopsy.

ashley bloodworth More than 1 year ago
He was an amazing person and deeply loved. I wil miss him dearly Ashley Counce MD
EngelhardtJohn More than 1 year ago
I will never forget Ramon. He helped me so much when I took over as Publicity Director at the Fair Grounds. Trying to replace a legend like "The Black Cat" Alan LeCombe was not an easy task, but he and his brother Mervin treated me like family and made sure I was taken care of when moving to New Orleans. He was a kind and gentle man and will be greatly missed. I have some great stories about our days working with Louie Roussel that probably shouldn't be posted.
Michael Jourdan More than 1 year ago
RIP...put it here