05/12/2009 11:00PM

La Chica Rica repeats in Hancock County


The Maryland-based mare La Chica Rica reaffirmed her affinity for Mountaineer Racetrack when she captured the $75,000 Hancock County Handicap for the second straight year on Tuesday night.

Ridden by Deshawn Parker for trainer Crystal Pickett, the 6-year-old La Chica Rica ($3.40) opened up a five-length lead, then got a bit leg weary in deep stretch but still had enough to hold off late-charging Hadavision by 1 1/4 lengths. Ruffaroundtheedges finished third at 12-1.

La Chica Rica covered the five furlongs in 58.45 seconds while winning for the fifth time in seven starts locally.

Overall, La Chica Rica is now 13 for 39 with earnings of more than $527,000.