Buggin Out Going For 5th Straight Magic City Classic Stakes Win at the Fair Grounds

(Buggin Out will try to win the Magic City Classic Stakes for an amazing fifth straight time this Friday at the Fair Grounds / Hodges Photo and Courtesy of the Fair Grounds)

From Ryan Martin, Fair Grounds Media Team:

Dennis Murphy’s Buggin Out will attempt to win the $50,000 Magic City Classic Stakes for a fifth straight year in the Friday featured event for Alabama-breds on the main track.

Trained by Ronnie Ward, the 7-year-old son of Indy has won every edition of the one mile event for Thoroughbreds born in The Yellowhammer State since 2014. His most recent effort was took place on October 28 at Delta Downs where he was seventh in an allowance optional claiming event going seven furlongs. This was his first start since taking last year’s edition of the Magic City Classic Stakes, which he won by 5¼ lengths over stable mate Branchwater (post three, 4-1, Colby Hernandez).  Buggin Out has won three other times aside from his quartet of Magic City Classic wins. These took place when breaking his maiden sixth time out at Delta Downs by 1¼ lengths in October 2014 as well as two allowance optional claiming wins in 2015 at Louisiana Downs and Delta Downs. In 25 career starts, Buggin Out has acquired a total of $190,750 in career earnings. Jockey Corey Lanerie will be aboard Buggin Out, who breaks from post eight as the 9-5 morning line favorite.

Completing the field for the event are Out Late (post one, 8-1, Manuel Chavez), Gotta A.P.B. (post two, 15-1, Miguel Mena), Babalight(post four, 8-1, Mitchell Murrill), Menewa (post five, 9-2, Jose Valdivia, Jr.), Noisy Ripples (post six, 15-1, James Graham), Two Mikes N Doc G (post seven, 20-1, Ty Kennedy), and Indy’s Code (post nine, 8-1, Ricardo Santana, Jr.).

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I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this.

“This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter …

“I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out.

“We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert ‘Maseratis’, it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped.

“The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt they are focusing on him going the two turns.”


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