01/08/2005 12:00AM

Psych tops full field


NEW ORLEANS - The Dallas Stewart-trained Psych may hold a slight edge when a full field of 12 4-year-old fillies clash in Monday's feature race at Fair Grounds. The first-level allowance will be run at six furlongs and promises to be a good betting race.

Psych, a 4-year-old daughter of Mazel Trick, finished third to Gold Margarita as the odds-on choice in her first start over the track and has never been off the board in five lifetime starts. She will be ridden by the track's leading jockey, Robby Albarado.

"She ran well in her last race," said Stewart. "She lost the lead and then fought back for third. She seems to be training good, and she's been okay in all of her races."

Isabella's Crown, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Donnie Meche, finished a head in front of Psych in her last start and has trained well since, turning in a half-mile in 47.20 seconds Wednesday, the second-fastest of 53 works at the distance.

Isabella's Crown, a Japanese-bred daughter of Forty Niner, has been slow to develop, taking six races to win her maiden, but seems to be coming to hand under Asmussen's care.

Victorious Hour's three victories are the most of anyone in this field but she has been competing in claimers most of career. In her last race at Louisiana Downs, Victorious Hour finished second under similar conditions.

Trually Wild is the other multiple winner in the field. She has won her last two starts and could step up to win at this level.

Good Humor Gal has been off since March, but breezed a healthy six furlongs in 1:15.40 in preparation for her return. E.J. Perrodin will ride Good Humor Gal, who ran five times at the 2003-04 Fair Grounds meet with a maiden win and two allowance seconds against similar company.

Technical Analysis finished fourth in a similar condition at even money in her last start.

The entry of Elusive Dawn and French Flight both return to the races off layoffs. The David Carroll-trained Elusive Dawn, who won her maiden at Fair Grounds last February, has been off since June after racing in Kentucky last spring. French Flight, who last raced at Santa Anita in October, is a Grant Foster-trained French Deputy filly who appears in need of a race.

Bernard 'Buddy' Diliberto dead

Bernard "Buddy" Diliberto died Friday at his home in Metairie of a heart attack at age 73. A journalist, television and radio host, Diliberto was named Sportscaster of the Year in Louisiana 13 times.

Diliberto is survived by his wife, Peggy and four children - Chris, Mike, Katie and Debbie. Mike Diliberto is director of broadcast media at Fair Grounds.