12/09/2015 3:30PM

Buggin Out heavily favored for repeat in Magic City Classic


When String King, one of the best Louisiana-bred grass horses ever, has been sent from his base in northwest Louisiana to race across the state at Fair Grounds, owner and trainer Charlie Smith usually just drops String King off and goes back home, entrusting the day-to-day care and training of his stable star to trainer Ken Hargrave. String King in fact has been stabled with Hargrave for a couple weeks now, and he races Saturday in the Louisiana Champions Day Turf, but Friday, Hargrave sends out his own stable star, Buggin Out. And as strong as String King might look in his race this weekend, it’s nothing compared to the stranglehold Buggin Out appears to have on the $57,000 Magic City Classic.