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Racing expert Sweet Lou Monaco's picks for the Magic City Classic Stakes at Fair Grounds

Let’s hope we are lucky on Friday the 13th!

After getting three out of four horses correct (but not in order) in last two races, we start the weekend at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans for the $40,000 Magic City Classic Stakes for 3-year-olds and up Alabama-breds over one mile on the dirt.

The field of 7 will go to gate for race 4 on the 10-race card with an approximate post time of 2:57 p.m. ET.

#2, Two Mikes N Doc G, Adam Beschizza, 5-1

He picked up his first win of the year in his ninth start, winning by three lengths in a claiming race at Delta Downs in his last on Nov. 9. It was his first win since a claiming triumph at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 11, 2018. In last year’s edition of the Magic City Classic, he finished third. Adam Beschizza picks up the mount for trainer Ron Faucheux. I think he will make it two straight. The pick.

#5, Foolish Steve, Robby Albarado, 3-1

Winless in his last five starts, Foolish Steve looks for his first win since a n allowance race at Evangeline Downs on May 17. He has finished out of the money in his last five starts and picks up Robby Albarado in the mount for trainer Brent Morris. Huge rider improve. I think it makes a huge difference. Runner-up.

#6, Buggin Out, Corey Lanerie, 5-2

The 8-year-old Buggin Out has been buggin out the last five years, because he is the only one to win this race during that time! He looks for his sixth straight today, but it might be too much as he has only raced once this year and finished fifth in a starter optional claiming race at Delta Downs on Nov. 9, his first start in 11 months. Look he obviously loves this surface and with Corey Lanerie in the saddle for trainer Ronnie Ward, you certainly can’t go wrong. Prefer others to end streak. Contender.

#8, Arnina, Jack Gilligan, 5-1

Arnina is part of a three-horse entry for trainer Randy Nunley in today’s race. This will be his eighth start this year (0-0-1) and the 14th of his career (1-2-1). He finished out of the money in his last five after a third-place finish in a claiming race at Delaware Park on June 10. He finished fifth in the 2017 edition of this race. Jack Gilligan is in the reins. In the mix.

PICKS: 2-5-6-8

By Lou Monaco


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