He Did It Again: Buggin Out Wins Magic City Classic For 5th Year in a Row

12-7-2018 Bugging Out, with Corey Lanerie aboard, won the Magic City Classic for the fifth time at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

From Ryan Martin, Fair Grounds Media Team:

For five years in a row, Dennis Murphy’s Buggin Out ($3.60, $2.40 and $2.20) scored a victory in the $50,000 Magic City Classic, a one mile event on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for Alabama-breds.

Guided to victory by jockey Corey Lanerie and trained by Ronnie Ward, the 7-year-old son of Indy was wide on the first turn and was placed toward the back of the pack while pacesetter Noisy Ripples set opening fractions of 25.53 and 50.28. At the top of the stretch, Buggin Out was third toward the rail but Lanerie took him to the outside of horses during the final eighth of a mile. He managed to get up just in the nick of time to catch Menewa ($3.20 and $2.80) and win his fifth consecutive Magic City Classic by a neck in a time of 1:42.82. Long shot Two Mikes N Doc G ($10.60) completed the trifecta.

“Corey was telling me that he was just a class horse,” Ward said. “He won it on class. When we were in the paddock I was telling Corey how hard it is for a horse to win something five times. He said ‘It’s horse racing, nothing is impossible’. It all turned out great for us.”

Bred in Alabama by his owner, Buggin Out has found the winner’s circle a total of eight times in 26 starts, with five of those taking place in the Magic City Classic Stakes. Friday afternoon’s victory added $27,500 to his lifetime earnings which now stand at $218,250.

So will Buggin Out be back next year for a sixth straight Magic City Classic?

“That’s what we plan on doing!” Ward said.

Completing the order of finish were BabalightOut LateBranchwaterIndy’s CodeNoisy Ripples, and Gotta A.P.B.

Buggin Out is out of the Schembechler broodmare Let’s Zoom, who also is bred in the state of Alabama.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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