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Rest in Peace Manny!

Manuel “Manny” Mendez passed away at home on March 12, 2022. He was a long time Assistant Trainer to Phil Aristone and will be missed by the entire backstretch at Parx Racing, where he worked for decades.

Manny Mendez

On Monday, April 11, friends and family are invited to celebrate Manny’s life and dedicate the 9th race, the ” Manuel “Manny” Mendez Memorial Classic” in his honor. Post time for the ninth race at Parx is 4:31 pm.

From his obituary:

“Manuel was born in Santruce, Puerto Rico. But lived most of his life in Pennsylvania.

Manuel was survived by his two daughters:
Mariluz Mendez-Cabrera (Celso Cabrera) of Hatboro, Pa. and Mayra I. Mendez (Jeff Sears) of Horsham, Pa.
Also survived by his beautiful grandchildren who he loved and enjoyed spending time with: Jeffrey Sears of Horsham, Pa.;
Kristal Quinones, Jon Quinones, Nathan Quinones of Warminster, Pa.; Christian “Macho” Mendez and Jayden Cabrera of Hatboro, Pa. Also two precious great-grandchildren Sophia Quinones and Anthony ( AJ) Crawford.

Manuel had a passion and enjoyed horses very much. He spent most of his life assisting in training and caring for them. He was also a huge Phillies fan and enjoyed sports. Spending time with his daughters, grandchildren and his long time girlfriend Mary Jane Sims (of Hatboro, Pa.) brought him happiness.
After a long battle with health issues due to diabetes, Manuel is now at peace, but forever in our hearts.”