10/16/2002 11:00PM

Chris's Bad Boy is Capi's good winning claim


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Thanks to several astute claims, trainer Lou Capi has again been prominent at Fort Erie this year.

In 1999, Capi saddled Mr. Magazine to win the Puss N Boots Stakes. Mr. Magazine went on to be named the Fort's horse of the year.

The following two years were quiet for the 52-year-old Capi. In 2000, his barn had seven wins and earnings of $75,560. Last year, he won five races and $96,380.

Heading into this week's racing program, Capi already boasts 12 wins and his outfit has earned $231,491. The star of the barn is Chris's Bad Boy, who with five victories is the winningest horse at the meet.

Capi, in partnership with Fabian Skyers, claimed Chris's Bad Boy for $13,000 here July 7. Chris's Bad Boy, a 5-year-old gelding, won his second race of the year that day. Since then, he has scored three wins and three seconds for his new owners.

"He's a bear," said Capi, explaining what attracted him to the horse. "Fabian and I watched him coming down the stretch early in the spring and he opened up with ease. It was only five furlongs, but there are lots of five-furlong races here.

"We didn't see him for two months, then all of a sudden he showed up for $13,000 again. We said 'Let's go!' "

Capi has stretched out Chris's Bad Boy to win at six and 6 1/2 furlongs. In his latest effort, on Oct. 8, the horse finished second to Freeze Alert in a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance.

"They had to ship in [from Delaware Park] to beat us," said Capi, who credits his claiming partner, Skyers, for much of his present success.

Capi and Skyers also have enjoyed success with Adobe Canyon, who was claimed for $5,000.

"It's not often you claim one for that and make money on them," said Capi.

Adobe Canyon, claimed in May, was elevated to higher levels and has produced two wins, three seconds, and two thirds from eight starts for her present owners.

Right Stop to be rested

Right Stop, who finished fourth in the Bridgeburg Stakes here Monday, will be rested until next year.

"I'll get him ready at Tampa Bay and probably run him once or twice before bringing him back next year," said trainer Tom Agosti, who admitted he was a little concerned when he entered Right Stop in the Bridgeburg.

"I usually give him a good four weeks after a race," said Agosti. "And he was coming back after 16 days from his last one, which was a little shorter than he was used to."

Get Down Wolfie on the farm

Puss N Boots winner Get Down Wolfie has been sent to a farm by owner-trainer Gina Powell to freshen up for a winter season.

Get Down Wolfie returned from Keeneland on Sunday after an impressive effort in a tough allowance turf race there two days earlier. After leading most of the way, Get Down Wolfie finished fourth to Quiet Resolve, who was Canada's horse of the year in 2000.

Powell feels Get Down Wolfie would have fared much better had the horse not skipped a final blowout the Monday before the race.

"The track came up really bad here because of a heavy rain," said Powell. "I usually work him three-eighths to sharpen him up. Then I couldn't blow him out, because it was too close to the race."