05/14/2008 12:00AM

Mountaineer: La Chica Rica strikes again


Maryland-based mare La Chica Rica ($3.80) continued her success shipping to West Virginia when she won her third straight race on the road in Tuesday night's $75,000 Hancock County Handicap at Mountaineer Racetrack.

The 5-year-old La Chica Rica, trained by Crystal Pickett, led throughout the five-furlong sprint for fillies and mares and was hand-ridden to the wire by jockey Deshawn Parker while finishing three-quarters of a length in front of 5-2 second choice Pola's Place. The winner covered the distance on a fast track in 58.14 seconds.

In her last three starts, two at Mountaineer and the other at Charles Town, La Chica Rica has won a pair of allowance races and the second stakes of her career, while earning Beyer Speed Figures of 96, 94, and 94. She has now won 9 of 31 lifetime and $344,274 for her owner, the Bella Cavello Stables.

Pola's Place, a Kentucky shipper whose last 10 starts came on either Polytrack or turf, finished 6 3/4 lengths in front of Ben's Grand Babe, who gained third by a neck over Star of Idabel in a field of six.