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.


Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early.  When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up.  I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close.  I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens, recently retired Hall of Famer) and I’m happy with the way he ran today.  He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.”


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