12/28/2004 1:00AM

Ambition Unbridled set to go


NEW ORLEANS - Multiple stakes winner Ambition Unbridled heads a tough field of 10 fillies and mares Thursday in a $38,000 allowance turf sprint at Fair Grounds, the Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial Prep.

, trained by Gamaliel Vazquez for owner Michael Gill and ridden by Corey Lanerie, has been on a steady diet of turf and dirt sprint stakes this fall after a solid campaign at Saratoga.

A 3-year-old by Unbridled's Song, Ambition Unbridled has won two turf races this fall, the $55,000 Candy Eclair at Monmouth on Sept. 6 at five furlongs and the P.G. Johnson at the same distance at The Meadowlands Oct. 23.

In her only other recent turf start, she faded to third after making the lead in the $60,000 Witches Brew at The Meadowlands Oct. 30 over a course listed as good.

Ambition Unbridled breezed a half-mile in 47.80 seconds over the Fair Grounds main track on Dec. 18 for this race, the fastest of 77 moves at the distance that day. If she likes the Fair Grounds turf course as well as she appears to appreciate the main track, she will be hard to beat.

Ambition Unbridled will have company on the front end of this 5 1/2-furlong race in the brilliant Louisiana-bred , who won six consecutive races this year, including the $100,000 Red Camelia at a mile on the Fair Grounds turf course last March. A 4-year-old daughter of With Approval, Destiny Calls had her streak broken Dec. 11 in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies, when she finished second to the undefeated Happy Ticket. She is trying open company rather than taking on Happy Ticket again.

"We had the option of shortening her up after two hard route races," said trainer Gary Palmisano, who trains Destiny Calls for former Fair Grounds co-owner Vickie Krantz. "She came out of the race against Happy Ticket very well and she loves the grass."

Lonnie Meche will ride Destiny Calls. Leading Fair Grounds rider Robby Albarado, who rode Destiny Calls in her last two starts, will be aboard the Neil Howard-trained Tight Spin, who won the $60,000 Incredible Revenge Stakes at five furlongs on Oct. 9 at The Meadowlands. Tight Spin has a record of four wins and two seconds in six turf starts.

, in the money in 9 of 12 lifetime turf starts, including five wins, is coming off a victory in the $71,000 Pent Up Kiss Handicap over five furlongs at Churchill Downs Nov. 13 and will be ridden by hot apprentice Brian Hernandez Jr.

Black Escort, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Donnie Meche, finished second to Mocha Queen at Churchill, but won three races on grass last year in France.