05/14/2002 11:00PM

Fun House ready to attack Railbird


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It took only a minute on Wednesday for Eddie Delahoussaye to get acquainted with Fun House, his mount in Saturday's $100,000 Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Delahoussaye worked Fun House five furlongs in 1:00.20 to the delight of trainer Ron McAnally. "I thought she went really well," McAnally said. "I wanted Eddie to get familiar with her."

The Railbird Stakes, run over seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies, will be the first time Delahoussaye has ridden Fun House in a race.

Previously, Fun House was ridden by Chris McCarron, who rides in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

A winner of 2 of 5 starts, Fun House, who is by Prized, is winless in two stakes. She finished second in the La Habra Stakes on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on March 1 and fifth in the Fantasy Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park on April 12.

"That was the first time she'd gone that far," McAnally said. "I'm hoping eventually she can do that. She's by a sire that can run a distance."

The Railbird Stakes is expected to include Halo Tyra, No Turbulence, and September Secret. The race is a prep to the $250,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks on June 15.

McAnally and Delahoussaye have been a successful team in the last year with Affluent, a four-time stakes winner. The 4-year-old Affluent worked seven furlongs in 1:28.80 on Wednesday under Delahoussaye and will start in the Grade 1 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 25.

Lusty Latin out with fracture

Lusty Latin, who finished third in the Santa Anita Derby and 15th in the Kentucky Derby, has been sidelined by a hairline fracture of the right cannon bone, trainer Jeff Mullins said.

The injury was detected last week when Lusty Latin underwent X-rays for a potential sale, Mullins said. The California-bred Lusty Latin will be out of training for two to three months.

"It's not a bad injury," Mullins said. "We'll probably send him to the farm for a couple months and then X-ray him again."

Mullins is hoping that Lusty Latin will return in time for the California Cup at Oak Tree at Santa Anita in early November.

Sahadi has Spinelessjellyfish again

Spinelessjellyfish, the 6-year-old multiple stakes winner, has returned to trainer Jenine Sahadi's barn at Santa Anita after being purchased by her family's Cardiff Stud Farm for $130,000 at Tuesday's Barretts May Sale.

Spinelessjellyfish was part of the dispersal of the Bart Heller estate, which co-owned Spinelessjellyfish with Cardiff Stud Farm.

"He was back in the barn by dinner time," Sahadi said.

Sahadi said Spinelessjellyfish will stand at the family's Cardiff Stud Farm at the end of his career. "He's a family horse," she said.

Nakatani return date unclear

Corey Nakatani on Wednesday said he continues to suffer from dizziness and migraine headaches as the result of a spill at Hollywood Park on May 2 and said it is unclear when he will return to riding.

Nakatani said there is a chance he could return to working horses this weekend and resume riding next week, but a return could be postponed until after Memorial Day weekend.

"I'm going to play it by ear and let Bob [Meldahl, his agent] know something by Friday," Nakatani said. "If I'm still the way I am now, I won't be ready."

The accident occurred when his mount clipped heels shortly after the start of a sprint for 2-year-olds. This week, Nakatani has been undergoing therapy designed to relieve the discomfort he has suffered in recent weeks.

"For five days, I took pain medication and muscle relaxers and didn't move from the couch," he said. "I definitely miss riding."

New agent for Stevens

Jockey Gary Stevens, who rides Table Limit on Saturday in the Preakness Stakes, has switched agents. Effective next week, Craig O'Bryan will book mounts on behalf of Stevens, replacing Brian Beach. Beach and Stevens had worked together since last fall.

O'Bryan has never worked for Stevens, 39, and will continue to book mounts for Jose Valdivia Jr., 27.

"Jose was all right with it and that was the main thing," O'Bryan said. "I'll have one of the top young riders and one of the top veterans, so it's a win-win situation."