04/09/2004 11:00PM

Fantasy to House of Fortune


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - House of Fortune is headed to the Kentucky Oaks after powering to a 1 3/4-length win over Island Sand in the Grade 2, $200,000 Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Friday. It was another four lengths back in third to Stellar Jayne.

House of Fortune, a quick filly who was expected to be on the pace from her rail post, raced along the inside in fourth as Yoursmineours and Island Sand raced together through fractions of 23.25 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.79 for the half-mile, and 1:11.15 for six furlongs. Into the stretch, House of Fortune angled outside of the leaders and went on to cover the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.62.

House of Fortune was ridden by Alex Solis and paid $3.40 as the 3-5 favorite in the field of 11.

"She's never been that far back at home," said Ron McAnally, the Southern California-based trainer of House of Fortune. "[Alex] said she was standing in the gate too long.

"She didn't have clear sailing and still overcame it."

McAnally had planned to run House of Fortune in the Ashland at Keeneland last week, but when she had to abort a six-furlong work for that race because of a loose horse in her path, McAnally pointed her for the Fantasy.

The win was the second straight stakes victory for House of Fortune, who had won the $77,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields by 17 lengths in her prior start. She earned $120,000 for her victory Friday, which improved her record to five wins from eight starts and earnings of $391,094 for Arnold Zetcher.

McAnally said that provided House of Fortune comes out of the Fantasy in good order, she will be pointed for the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30. House of Fortune was McAnally's second Fantasy winner. He won the race in 1992 with Race the Wild Wind.

Attendance at Oaklawn on Friday was 25,754, and handle on the 11-race program was $6.2 million.