New champ “on cruise control the whole way”
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The big Super Stakes Saturday card at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs last weekend showed how tough it can be to win a race at the Pennsylvania track, and on Wednesday night (Aug. 21) the 2-year-old filly trotter Cooler Schooner proved the point again, but in a different way.
Cooler Schooner, who had made breaks in the two starts prior to her Aug. 21 Pocono appearance, trotted off to a 1:51.3 world-record victory over the previously undefeated Shake It Cerry, the Merrie Annabelle winner on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. She is now the fastest 2-year-old trotter of all time, erasing Snow White's mark of 1:52.4 set at The Red Mile in 2007.
Cooler Schooner is trained by Jim Campbell and was driven to the world-record victory by his brother, John (who also drove Snow White). Jim says Cooler Schooner, a daughter of Broadway Hall who is a full sister to the 2009 Hambletonian Oaks champion Broadway Schooner, is naturally talented.
"She showed that she was gifted from the first day we hooked her,” said Jim. "After her baby race (June 8 at the Meadowlands, when she won in 2:00), John got off and said ‘This is a very nice filly.'”
Although Cooler Schooner has made breaks since she was training down and has continued to be plagued by them, hence she wears trotting hobbles, Jim Campbell said the filly's quick :26.4 opening quarter in the Aug. 21 race at Pocono was not because she was headstrong or difficult to handle.
In addition to setting a new world record, Cooler Schooner's Pocono victory ended Shake It Cerry's undefeated status. Shake It Cerry had won all three of her starts, which put her on the road to a possible undefeated freshman season.