House of Fortune Wins California Oaks by 17 Lengths

Arnold Zetcher's House of Fortune ran away to a 17-length victory over three outclassed rivals in the $77,025 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

Trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally and ridden by Ron Warren, Jr., the California-bred daughter of Free House won the 1 1/16-mile feature for 3-year-old fillies in 1:41 3/5 while never being asked for her best.

"That was just a glorified workout for her," said Warren. "I was surprised we went that fast because it didn't feel like it. She's very nice. I could have done anything I wanted at any time.

"They wanted her to get something out of this so I let her out down the lane," Warren continued. "She started looking at the tire tracks (left by the starting gate) so I waved the stick at her just to get her attention off the tracks. She's quality. She'll do whatever you ask her."

House of Fortune, the 2003 California bred 2-year-old filly of the year, took command from pacesetter Te Cuira Mucho on the far turn and drew off with every stride. She recorded her fourth win in seven career starts and her third stakes victory. Winner of the Cover Gal and California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Santa Anita last year, House of Fortune paid $2.40 to win as a huge 1-5 favorite in the four-horse Oaks.

House of Fortune was purchased as a 2-year-old for $125,000. She earned $45,150 Saturday and has made $271,094 in her seven races.

Church Editor rallied late to take second by two lengths over Secret Corsage, who was 2 1/2 lengths clear of Te Cuira Mucho.

(Chart, Equibase)

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