11/30/2007 12:00AM

Light Tactic a goofball with talent

EmailOZONE PARK, N.Y. - Sunday's $75,000 Personal Bid Stakes at Aqueduct has special meaning for trainer Richard Schosberg and not just because he has the likely favorite in the field of nine New York-bred 3-year-old fillies.

In the early 1990s, Schosberg trained Personal Bid, a New York-bred filly with whom he won several stakes and $165,298. Two weeks ago, according to Schosberg, Personal Bid died of a heart attack on a farm. She was in foal to Broken Vow.

Sunday, Schosberg will try to honor his former charge's memory when he sends out Light Tactic in the six-furlong Personal Bid. Light Tactic, a temperamental daughter of Tactical Cat has won 2 of 3 starts for Schosberg and owner Al Fried.

Light Tactic was scratched the first time she was scheduled to run. According to Schosberg, Light Tactic flipped three times in the paddock and again behind the gate prior to a race at Saratoga on July 29.

Three weeks later, Light Tactic was better behaved and rolled to a 3o3/4-length victory, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 90. When Schosberg couldn't find a statebred allowance race to fill, Light Tactic beat open company first-level allowance horses by 4 3/4 lengths at Belmont, running six furlongs in 1:09.70, again earning a 90.

Off just two starts, Light Tactic ran against seasoned sprinters in the Iroquois Handicap and finished seventh as the 9-5 second choice.

"She came back horsing, she didn't act herself,'' Schosberg said. "Herself is not too pleasing, but you knew something wasn't right.''

Schosberg is hopeful that if he can keep Light Tactic's mind on her business, she can be a useful New York-bred for the foreseeable future.

"Aside from her idiosyncrasies - her obvious mental instability - she has a tremendous amount of talent,'' Schosberg said.

Light Tactic will break from the outside post in the nine-horse field.

An intriguing member of this field is Win With a Wink, who won 3 of her first 4 starts before finishing fifth in the Maid of the Mist Stakes 13 months ago. This will be her first start for trainer Bill Mott. Smokin Sarah and Love Cove are other top contenders.

Giant Moon works toward Runyon

Schosberg's top 2-year-old New York-bred colt, Giant Moon, worked four furlongs in 49.21 seconds Friday morning over Belmont Park's training track. An undefeated son of Giant's Causeway, Giant Moon is pointing to a start in next Sunday's $75,000 Damon Runyon Stakes.

"He's never a spectacular work horse,'' said Schosberg, who worked Giant Moon in company with an unraced 2-year-old. "He'll keep his nose a half an inch in front. If he could do a quarter of an inch he would do a quarter of an inch.''

Giant Moon won a maiden race and the Sleepy Hollow Stakes. Schosberg was considering running Giant Moon in the Remsen, but opted not to when a virus was going around his barn. Though Giant Moon never did get sick, Schosberg wanted to play it safe.

"He never got the virus and it's still lingering too,'' Schosberg said. "He's a pretty healthy horse, I'll tell you what, you just look at him and he just looks healthy.''

Pick six hit by 11 players

Despite the fact there was only one winning favorite in the sequence, the pick six was hit Friday with 11 winning tickets each returning $31,215. The consolation payout (5 of 6) was $317.

The wager went unhit the first two days of the inner track meet, resulting in a $102,629 carryover entering Friday's card. An additional $428,026 was bet into the pool.

The winning sequence of 1-6-8-5-1-1 consisted of Stormy Success ($18.80), The Truffle Man ($12.40), Blitzen Too ($7.90), Smoke n Review ($31.20), Morine's Victory ($4.30), and Kevazinga ($7.70).

* In a scene that figures to play out many times this winter, jockeys Eibar Coa, Ramon Dominguez, Alan Garcia, and Rajiv Maragh each won two races on Friday's card. That quartet has won 18 of the 27 races run this week.

* If the weather forecast is correct, turf racing most likely is done for the season. A mixture of rain and snow is forecast for Sunday and temperatures are expected to turn sharply colder next week. The racing office did not card turf races for Sunday.