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Faces At The Races: Bill Bochinski

In the track kitchen at Winnipeg's Assiniboia Downs, when trying to remember the name of a particular horse, person, or detail of a past eve

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By: Darlene Wedge and Karen Harrisko |

The “Bill” in question is Bill Bochinski, who's as well known for his acute memory as he is for his industriousness. Born in 1939, he was a young man at the 1958 opening of Assiniboia Downs and has never looked back. Bill's father Ernest worked for trainer Clayton Gray in the backstretch for three or four years during Assiniboia Downs' early days and Bochinski enjoyed following his father to the track to see the horses and talk to people in the barn area. Though he had a long career as a teacher at St. John's High School in the city's North end, he never broke his connection with the racetrack. Around 1974, friend Lorne Spearman (now a jockey's agent at Woodbine) put together a partnership that included Bochinski and some of his fellow teachers. The horse they invested in was Miss Winnipeg, trained by John Cizik. “Sometimes, there would be…

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