World champion Cooler Schooner wasn't in search of another world record at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. Her mission was to win so she could earn enough points to advance to the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final, and she did.
With regular driver John Campbell in the sulky, Cooler Schooner fired off the gate and took control of her Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division. She zipped to the opening quarter in :26.4 and opened up on the field, then hit the half in :55.3. Down the backstretch, with the tempo much slower, Andy Miller moved Designed To Be while Marcus Miller remained in the pocket with A Perfect Gem. Cooler Schooner was still the leadrer at the three-quarter mark in 1:25, but Designed To Be was alongside. Campbell had to encourage Cooler Schooner in the lane to reach the wire first, by a very slim margin. The final time was 1:54.2, a track record, erasing a mark held by Win Missy B.
Jules Siegel, who bred Cooler Schooner with his late wife, Arlene, was in the winner's circle with his Broadway Hall filly after the race.
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Three PASS divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters were carded. The first went to Honor Thy Daughter, a filly by Donato Hanover trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras. She also cut the mile and won by three-quarters of a length in 1:57. Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld own Honor Thy Daughter.
Lifetime Pursuit, a Cantab Hall filly also trained by Takter, won the third division in 1:57.3.