Sunset Stn. taps Muniz

Jan 9, 2001 6:20 AM

Robert "Mugsy" Muniz will soon be tracking the horses for Don Marrandino at Sunset Station. In his 22 years at Coast Resorts, he created the Orleans Handicapping Challenge, the world’s biggest in number of entrants and prize money.

Muniz moved here from Donora, Pa., in 1978 and was hired by handicapper Jimmy Vaccaro at Coast Resorts. He said he left in a dispute over dates his highly successful Orleans Handicapping Challenge would run. Mugsy is well known among horseplayers here, there and everywhere. Local handicappers, told of his move to Sunset Station, commented that "Marrandino could get into handicapping the horses in a big way with Mugsy in the saddle."

Marrandino was unavailable for comment on the appointment Monday…

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