05/25/2006 11:00PM

Dormant Capi suddenly is winning again


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Lou Capi saddled his third winner of the Fort Erie meet with Tiger Canyon ($7.50) in a starter allowance here last Monday.

That's half the wins Capi had at the Fort all of last year. And, it matches his 2004 total of three.

"I'm trying to regroup," said Capi, 56. "The last couple of years have been bad for me."

Capi's other winners here this spring were Ok Monsoon ($36.60) and Vorticity ($27.60).

Tiger Canyon's win was her fourth for Capi since he claimed her for $5,000.

Capi has made noteworthy claims in the past. Twice he has transformed claimed runners into Fort Erie horses of the year - Mr. Magazine in 1999 and Chris's Bad Boy in 2002.

He acquired Chris's Bad Boy in 2002 for $13,000 after the runner showed promise in an easy win at five furlongs. Capi stretched out Chris's Bad Boy to the longer sprints and was rewarded with four wins before that meet ended.

The following year at Woodbine, Chris's Bad Boy was claimed from Capi for $50,000 and went on to win several stakes.

Capi exercises most of his runners when he is able. He has trouble with his back.

Earlier in his career, Capi was a much sought after exerciser, especially for rogue horses others couldn't handle. The work was costly.

"I stuck my neck out and got hurt a bunch of times," said Capi. "I've had my back broke and in 1980 a horse crushed me and split my pelvis right in half."

Capi has rid himself of unproductive runners. His trimmed barn consists of six older horses and two 2-year-old fillies who won't run until the fall. These 2-year-olds are the first he has trained.

"My partner, Terry Graystone, talked me into trying them," he said. "Firefly Kate looks like she will be okay."

Lenny the Lender's season debut on Sunday

Lenny the Lender, probably the Fort's most celebrated horse, will be making his 2006 debut at Woodbine on Sunday in an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the grass.

Lenny, 10, is winless since an Oct. 31, 2002 score at Woodbine. He has, however, made a lot of money since by placing in numerous turf stakes. In 2003 he earned $98,282, in 2004 $93,288, and last year $100,705.

Dick Jukosky, Lenny's owner and trainer, is not gung-ho about Lenny's chances on Sunday.

"He's training good, but I know he's not the same," said Jukosky. "It looks like he might be slowing down a bit. If he doesn't feel like running, I'll probably retire him."

Fund-raiser tickets available

The deadline for tickets for the June 16 golf tournament and fund-raiser at the ICC Golf Course in Stevensville for injured jockey Holly Dapp is June 7.

The tickets cost $80 and include a steak dinner; they're available at the backstretch kitchen or by calling Bryan Belanger at 905-871-3200, ext. 3317, or Dave Walpole at 905-380-8174. Non-golfers are welcome. Dinner-only tickets are $25.

There will be a silent auction and a drawing featuring arts and crafts by well-known local artists, Cathy Carter, Vicki James, and Alex Hughes.

Dapp, a mother of two, was injured while exercising a runner March 31. She suffered a broken neck and is paralyzed from the rib cage down.