12/28/2006 12:00AM

Country Diva in top form


She's That Cat and Country Diva, two of the fastest female sprinters on the grounds at Mountaineer Race Track this season, will go head to head for the first time in the $75,000 New Year's Eve Stakes.

Unfortunately, one filly has gotten hot at the same time the other is tailing off.

The 4-year-old She's That Cat, 6 for 9 lifetime at Mountaineer, won 7 of 11 starts this year while in the barn of Steve Flint. In two starts since she was claimed for $80,000 by trainer Darrell Delahoussaye, however, She's That Cat has struggled, finishing ahead of just two horses. Her current form doesn't justify her status as the 124-pound highweight.

In contrast, the 3-year-old Country Diva comes into the New Year's Eve extremely sharp. She has two wins and a second since returning from a layoff in October and comes off the fastest race of her career, a three-length score vs. allowance company that was worth a 92 Beyer Figure.

The other intriguing contender is Miss Hamma, a 7-year-old mare who has 10 lifetime victories, including two in restricted stakes at Charles Town this season. Away from her home track of Charles Town, however, Miss Hamma isn't nearly as effective. She is 0 for 4 at Mountaineer, including a distant third in a route last month.