It was clear sailing for the freshman filly trotter Cooler Schooner in the fourthh and final division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. With John Campbell at the helm, the daughter of Broadway Hall-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 1 ˝ lengths. Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry finished a fast-closing second after going a long first-over trip in the $66,446 event.
Cooler Schooner is now the fastest 2-year-old trotter on any size track, and the co-fastest filly or mare trotter, holding the distinction with Check Me Out, who trotted in 1:51.3 last year at age three. Cooler Schooner is trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms of New Hope, Pa.
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, 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 3 ˝ lengths in 1:55.4 for driver David Miller. The Explosive Matter daughter is owned by Melvin Hartman, RAW Equine Inc. and Adam Victor & Son Stable LLC and trained by Richard "Nifty" 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 Daniel Plouffe are the owners of the Yankee Glide filly, a full sister to Aperfectyankee, who now has seasonal earnings of $113,907.
To see the replays of the PASS at Pocono, including Cooler Schooner's world record, go to www.mohegansunpocono.com, then click on racing, then click on replays, and Cooler Schooner won Race 9. (Pocono Downs)