07/23/2003 11:00PM

Rain sets up Bochinski's big day


FORT ERIE, Ontario - Brian Bochinski wasn't unhappy a fair amount of rain fell here Monday.

"My wife and I studied the Form last night and we figured we were going to have a good day," said Bochinski after he rode five winners from his seven mounts on Fort Erie's Tuesday program. "It helped us out lots that they took them off the turf."

Bochinski, 36, won both races that were transferred to the main track from the turf course. Malcoha ($7.20), an 11-year-old gelding who scored for the 24th time, gave Bochinski his fifth win. Malcoha is a superior mudder who now has earnings of $414,211.

It was the third time Bochinski, a Winnipeg native, had five winners in one day. He did it twice at Assiniboia Downs, in his hometown, in 1989. He won the riding title at that track three times before he moved to the Alberta circuit in 1992.

Bochinski, whose mother and father owned and trained runners at Assiniboia, next shipped to Woodbine in 1996 and finally settled in at the Fort four years later.

His other winners on Tuesday, which brought Bochinski's lifetime total to 1,602 victories, were Sneek Gambler ($11.70), Te Jay Tejabo ($22.50), Von Zella ($13.20), and Lil Personalitee ($3.30).

Husbands sweeps three stakes

Pat Husbands, who has been the Sovereign Award-winning rider in Canada for the past four seasons, turned in a flawless performance last Sunday as he swept the stakes tripleheader.

Besides winning the centerpiece Prince of Wales Stakes with Wando, Husbands also won aboard Geraint in the Benburb and Agolo in the Border Cup. They were his only mounts on the day.

Right Stop reunited with Woolsey

Tom Agosti, one win behind leading trainer Layne Giliforte, will bring in rider Russell Woolsey to ride Right Stop in his next start, the Cool Reception here Aug. 4.

Woolsey, who is riding at Thistledown, rode Right Stop in his two races at the Tampa Bay Downs meet, where the gelding won an allowance and finished fifth in a sprint stakes.

"Right Stop has been so unlucky we want to do something," said Agosti, noting the horse got into trouble in a six-horse field in the Bridgeburg Stakes in June and a four-horse field in the Blazing Stevens on July 19. "We know [Woolsey] fits the horse. He loves the horse and the horse loves him."

Recent claim points for stakes

The Cool Reception is also a target for trainer Myckie Neubauer's latest acquisition, Lil Personalitee, who won here Tuesday.

Lil Personalitee, a $50,000 claim July 10 at Woodbine, will sub for Go Figure in the Cool Reception. Go Figure finished sixth in the Benburb after a troubled trip.

"Now we can race [Go Figure] where we always wanted to - long and on the turf," said co-owner Carl Norris, who is the husband of Neubauer.

Go Figure is entered for a $45,000 claiming price in a 1 1/2-mile turf race at Woodbine on Saturday.