03/29/2004 12:00AM

Fair Grounds: Destiny Calls takes Red Camelia

Lou Hodges Jr.
Destiny Calls, Shane Sellers up, wins the Red Camelia Handicap on closing day of Fair Grounds' 132nd season Sunday. The win was the 4,000th in Sellers' career.

Destiny Calls continued her mastery in the Louisiana-bred filly and mare division, posting an easy win in the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap, the closing-day feature.

While Destiny Calls ran well, she had little to beat. Only four horses were entered against her, and Prized Amberpro was scratched during the warm-up period. The win by Destiny Calls, a 1-9 favorite, created a significant minus show pool.

Leading all the way, Destiny Calls ran a mile on very firm turf in 1:37.05 while beating Fuse It by 3 3/4 lengths. K Brown finished third, and Autobesarah was fourth. Destiny Calls earned $60,000 for owner Vickie Krantz. Shane Sellers rode Destiny Calls to victory for his 4,000th career winner.

Destiny Calls is a Louisiana-bred, but she has a Kentucky pedigree. A fairly slight 4-year-old trained by Gary Palmisano, Destiny Calls has beaten statebred stakes horses on turf and on dirt, in routes and in sprints. Her next start could come in a turf stakes at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard.