10/17/2007 11:00PM

Iroquois: Can Ice Cool Kitty bounce back now?

EmailIt's usually boom or bust for Ice Cool Kitty.

Following her 33 1/2-length loss in the Grade 1 Beldame, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. is hoping for another rebound Saturday in the $125,000 Iroquois Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.

"It seems like every time she runs, she runs big or bad," Dutrow said.

The seven-furlong Iroquois is part of New York Showcase Day, the annual festival of 10 races featuring many of the top runners bred in the state.

Ice Cool Kitty has a history of successfully snapping back from devastating defeats.

After finishing up the track in the Grade 2 Delaware Handicap, the 4-year-old Ice Cool Kitty scored convincing wins in consecutive New York-bred stakes: the Saratoga Dew at Saratoga and the Floral Park at Belmont.

Three days after the Floral Park win, Ice Cool Kitty wheeled right back in the Beldame on Sept. 30.

"It really doesn't bother me about the last race," Dutrow said. "I wasn't crazy about running her right back, but the owner wanted to take a shot in the Grade 1. She came out of her race good. She looks like she's doing good. I don't see any issues."

The biggest issue could be weight.

Ice Cool Kitty, 3-1-0 in 5 starts at Belmont, is the starting highweight at 124 pounds, conceding seven to 12 pounds to her nine rivals.

"I don't like spotting weight, but I'm not going to scratch because of it," Dutrow said. "I'm not going to cry and complain if she gets beat because of it."

Ice Cool Kitty will be making her 15th start. At the other end of the experience spectrum, the unbeaten Light Tactic makes her stakes debut in only her third start.

The 3-year-old Light Tactic can be a temperamental handful in the paddock, the post parade, and behind the starting gate. Once she lines up for the break, Light Tactic is all business.

"If she behaves herself and keeps her head on straight and we do our job, I think she will make a good showing," said trainer Richard Schosberg. "She's done nothing wrong when we've gotten her to the gate."

Light Tactic debuted against New York-breds at Saratoga, winning easily on Aug. 17. She handily beat open company next time out in a first-level allowance race at Belmont on Sept. 19.

Now, an even bigger challenge.

"There are no stakes left for her this season against New York-breds," Schosberg said. "This is what we were pointing for. She's got the talent. To me, it's not that far a leap. It's up to us to work with her and work around her. We'll try and get her there in one piece and let her do her thing."