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'Schooner' Becomes Fastest 2YO Trotter

Published: August 21, 2013 10:45 pm ET

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It was clear sailing for the freshman filly trotter Cooler Schooner in the fourth and final division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

With John Campbell at the helm, the daughter of Broadway Hall and Pine Schooner breezed through panels of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.2 before stopping the teletimer in an eye-popping 1:51.3 to win by one and a half lengths.
The win was Cooler Schooner's second in six career starts. Merrie Annabelle champion Shake It Cerry finished a fast-closing second after going a long first-over trip in the $66,446 event.

The new world record holder -- for any size track -- is trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms of New Hope, Pennsylvania. Trotting filly Snow White held the former two-year-old trotting world record of 1:52.4, which she set at The Red Mile in 2007.

Cooler Schooner also joins Check Me Out in the record books as the fastest female trotter, regardless of age, on a five-eighth mile track. The divisional champion set the mark in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for sophomore fillies at Pocono Downs last year.

The first division of the night was captured by Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) in 1:55.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Cantab Hall filly is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, Kentucky.

Struck By Lindy followed first over cover up the backside and took the lead for good at the three-quarter pole to take the second division, worth $66,846, drawing off by three and a half lengths in 1:55.4 for driver David Miller. The Explosive Matter daughter is owned by Ottawa's Melvin Hartman, R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ont., and Adam Victor & Son Stable LLC and trained by Richard Norman.

In the third division, A Perfect Gem, piloted by Marcus Miller led from start to finish to record her third win a row for trainer Erv Miller. Paymaq Racing, Louis Willinger and Bromont, Que.'s Daniel Plouffe are the owners of the Yankee Glide filly, who now has seasonal earnings of $113,907.

(With files from Pocono Downs)


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