The exciting two-year-old trotting filly Cooler Schooner, who astounded the harness world last week at Pocono when she became the fastest freshman trotter of all-time, regardless of size track, with a 1:51.3f victory, returns Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in a division of a $252,984 Pennsylvania Sire Stake – and she'll need a first- or second-place finish here just to be in position to reach the final.
A homebred daughter of Broadway Hall owned by Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel), Cooler Schooner had been showing both talent and temperament early in her career – certainly an independent thinker. The Brothers Campbell, trainer Jim and driver John, decided on a strategy at Pocono to just let her roll – and roll she did, putting up fractions of 26.4, 54.4, and 1:23.2, then withstanding the challenge of impressive Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry in the amazing clocking, which also tied the winner with Check Me Out as the fastest female trotter regardless of age on a 5/8-mile track.
The Pocono race was "Cooler”'s first in the Sire Stakes, and twelve rivals have more points than her going into Friday's last prelim, with only eight advancing to the $260,000 Championship, also at Harrah's Philadelphia, on Sunday afternoon, September 15. Cooler Schooner drew post three in the field of seven, which gives her a large positional edge over the two joint top pointwinners to date, A Perfect Gem (PP6, driver Marcus Miller for trainer Erv Miller) and Designed To Be (PP7, driver Andy Miller for trainer Julie Miller). The two Campbells, five Millers (Hall of Fame nominee David is listed to drive Struck By Lindy, undefeated in two Sires outings, from post one) and the rest will contest race five on the Friday Chester card, with the other two 2TF division in slots 2 and 8.
Also on this Friday card are divisions of the Historic Series for two-year-old pacers of both sexes; the fields contain three horses who have already won $100,000: filly Tyra, and colts Mcwicked (those two sired by McArdle) and Allstar Partner. These Friday races could also be useful contests towards the $260,000 Sire Stakes showdowns: the two colts are tied for first in the standings, while Tyra is equal top in points in her division.
First post on the power-packed kickoff to the long Labor Day weekend is 12:40 p.m.(Pa. Harness Racing Commission)