Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial H. (gr. II)

(gr. IIT , abt 9f ,)

EINSTEIN (BRZ) (DK B/ h, 119 lb) $300,000
Spend a Buck —Gay Charm (BRZ) , by Ghadeer (FR)
B—Fazenda Mondesir, BRZ.; O—Midnight Cry Stable; T—Helen Pitts

Cloudy's Knight (CH g, 116 lb) $100,000
Lord Avie —Cloudy Spot , by Solar City
B—Jerrald Schwartz, KY.; O—S J Stables LLC; T—James R. McMullen

Naissance Royale (IRE) (CH m, 114 lb) $50,000
Giant's Causeway —Net Worth , by Forty Niner
B—Dr T. A. Ryan, IRE.; O—Monceaux Stable; T—Christophe Clement

Margins: ½, 1½, head. Others: Transduction Gold 113($20,000) , Sweet Return (GB) 118($10,000) , Heat of the Night (SAF) 114($5,000) , Hendrix 117($5,000) , Macduff (GB) 115($5,000) , Desert Wheat 116($5,000) , The Carbon Unit 110 , King's Drama (IRE) 121 . Winning Jockey, Robby Albarado.

Einstein returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in more than a year when he defeated Cloudy’s Knight by a half-length in the Mervin Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds March 10.

The last win by the 5-year-old son of Spend a Buck came in the 2006 Gulfstream Park Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. IT). Although he did not win in four starts after that victory, he has raced admirably in graded stakes company. In his last start, he attempted to repeat his Gulfstream Park victory, but fell three-quarters of a length short to Jambalaya and Honey Ryder.

Helen Pitts, a former assistant to Kenny McPeek, conditions Einstein for Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham’s Midnight Cry Stable. McPeek bought seven Brazilian-bred yearlings for $60,000 on behalf of Midnight Cry Stable, and Einstein, who was part of the package, arrived in the U.S. in 2004. He has now won five of 11 starts and earned $513,472.

“He’ll run at horses, or he won’t let one go by him. With a horse like this, we’ve got the best of both worlds,” Pitts said. “We’ll probably give him a rest until the May 5 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).”

Fazenda Mondesir bred Einstein in Brazil out of the group I-winning Ghadeer mare Gay Charm. While racing in Brazil, Gay Charm captured two group I and two group II races. She is the only foal out of her dam, the group I-winning Waldmeister mare Virga. Out of the unraced Santa Claus mare Merry Sunshine, Virga is a half-sister to stakes winner Brightly as well as granddam of Magdalena, who is the dam of group III winner Governador.

Gay Charm got off to a rough start as a broodmare as her first five foals never made it to the races. However, two of those foals, Charm Us and Feiticeira Regina, have turned into stakes-producing broodmares. Charm Us is the dam of group I winner Istbestand and group II winner New Regina, while Feiticeira Regina is the dam of group III winner Maria Mole.

Einstein is Gay Charm’s only winner, but only four of her 10 foals have raced, and she is also the dam of the group III-placed Roy filly Veracite. Now a broodmare, Veracite is the dam of Eternidade, who is group II-placed in Brazil.

Einstein is Gay Charm’s last reported foal.

Spend a Buck is the sire of 37 stakes winners. The 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner died in 2002 at age 20 from anaphylactic shock while standing stud in Brazil.—A.H.D.