01/26/2005 12:00AM

Volobee won't be 24-1 now


NEW ORLEANS - A trio of horses who finished behind the good-looking winner Green Briar Rose earlier this month top a full field of 12 entered in Friday's feature race at Fair Grounds, a $30,000 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

, a 5-year-old French-bred mare by Volochine, ran on well for second that day, her second try at the condition, and there is no Green Briar Rose this time around. Trained by Andrew Leggio Jr. and ridden by Lonnie Meche, Volobee will go off at considerably less than 24-1 this time.

Followers of trainer Mark Frostad who have been waiting for his stable to heat up may like , who owns the best record in terms of both victories and earnings in the field. Ralla has bankrolled $110,394 in 10 turf races and will be paired with Gerard Melancon, who rode her to a rallying third-place finish against Green Briar Rose.

Grand Illusion closed for fourth in that same race. A solid closer on the grass, she should improve in her second try over the course.

Several runners come out of an off-the-turf allowance won by Quick Advice. Dyna's Dynamo missed by a neck in that race, but she hasn't won on turf in six starts. Suaviter, who finished seventh, looks a lot better here off her turf form, with a win and a second in two starts. Afternoon Dreams, who finished fifth in that race, and Mae Rules (eighth) don't look like grass runners. Ninth-place finisher Candy Verse is a 6-year-old mare with plenty of speed and a 2-4-7 record in 20 lifetime starts.

finally won her maiden in her eighth start, but she looked good doing it and Brian Hernandez Jr. sticks with her for her first allowance start.

Go Grace Go has finished second in both of her grass starts. She will have a difficult time establishing position from the extreme outside post.

Special Jig was well beaten in her only turf start, but that was in her debut and her breeding - she is by Theatrical - suggests that she is worth another shot on grass.

The wild card in the race is , a 4-year-old Woodman filly who is making her first start in the U.S. after a pair of races in Britain. She won her debut, indicating that she runs well fresh, so the break in her schedule since last July may not stop her.