11/08/2003 1:00AM

Blind Ambition impressive


Blind Ambition, a lightly raced 5-year-old mare, gave jockey Julie Krone and breeder Harris Farms their second wins on California Cup Day with a convincing score in the $150,000 Distaff.

Blind Ambition rallied from eighth to win by 2 1/2 lengths over Bold Roberta.

Sent off as the slight favorite in the field of 12, Blind Ambition ($6.80) was timed in 1:12.27 for about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf.

Bold Roberta, a two-time stakes winner at Fairplex Park in September, finished a half-length in front of Sweetcakesanshakes, who was third.

The Distaff was Blind Ambition's fourth win in eight starts. She is owned by Harris Farms and Jeanne Bowers-Lepore.

"She won pretty eased up," said owner John Harris. "It took a long time to get her to the races, but she's got her act together now."

Trained by Marty Jones, Blind Ambition finished second in the Fran's Valentine Stakes at Hollywood Park last April in her stakes debut.

Earlier in the day, Krone won the Starter Sprint with Coconut Mango. Harris Farms bred Moscow Burning, the winner of the Distance Handicap.