03/05/2005 12:00AM

'Dolly' switches circuits


STICKNEY, Ill. - Some horsemen in Chicago call it "going to the Mountain," taking a horse to try to win a race at Mountaineer Park in West Virginia. But in the Monday feature here at Hawthorne, a second-level allowance race for female route horses, "the Mountain" is coming to Chicago.

Trained by Kentucky-based Wayne Mogge, Moon Dolly has made her last two starts at Mountaineer Park, scoring a 13 3/4-length win in a Jan. 16 entry-level allowance race and a second a month ago as she climbed the allowance ladder. Hawthorne handicappers must ask how that form will fit on the Chicago circuit and determine if Moon Dolly moved up racing on wet tracks in her last two starts.

Bettors must also ask whether Moon Dolly can beat Bella Cobra, who got good late last year while racing over this track surface, not one several hours to the southeast. Las Brisas Girl, sent out by the streaking Mike Reavis barn, also looks like a win contender.

Trainer Charlie Bettis and owner Circle W Farms claimed Bella Cobra from a conditioned $10,000 claiming race here last September, and it was a claim that worked out. Bella Cobra immediately won a $25,000 race and, after two losses, easily cleared her first allowance condition. Bettis had a sharp horse, and the Chicago racing season was coming to an end, so he tossed Bella Cobra, who had been running well in routes, into a fourth-level sprint allowance on closing day of the fall-winter meet, Jan. 2. Bella Cobra should have been overmatched in that spot, but she rallied to finish fourth.

She was back on the work tab just three weeks later, and after six breezes, Bella Cobra should be fit and ready to roll in her first start of this meet. Miguel Mena, who has been aboard in each of Bella Cobra's races since Bettis claimed her, is named to ride.

The featured seventh kicks off a string of three straight allowance races to end the day. The eighth, restricted to 3-year-olds, is an entry-level allowance with a $35,000 claiming option. The Reavis-trained Simply Super, a recent private purchase by owner Frank Calabrese, may be the favorite.

In the ninth race, an entry-level allowance for older horses, Point Won makes the second start of her career after scoring a five-length debut victory in a $30,000 maiden claimer a month ago at Oaklawn. She has the speed and the rail, and looks like the one to beat.