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Shake It Cerry, Cooler Schooner win 2FT elims

October 11, 2013

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Shake It Cerry regained winning form converting a pocket trip and trotting by stablemate Lifetime Pursuit to capture the first of two $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Fashion Farms' Cooler Schooner, with John Campbell in the bike, went wire to wire to easily win the second Breeders Crown elim. The Broadway Hall filly, trained by Jim Campbell, won this mile in 1:52.1, unchallenged by any of her six foes.

Shake It Cerry and Lifetime Pursuit were the quickest off the gate with the former parking Lifetime Pursuit much of the first quarter before yielding the lead. The opening quarter was trotted in :27.1. Favored Designed To Be looked to leave between horses and settled into a spot along the pylons but made a costly break approaching the quarter pole and was never in contention.

Lifetime Pursuit and driver Yannick Gingras were able to take advantage of little movement in the field and waltzed to the half in just :58. It wasn’t until midway down the backstretch the final time that Goddess and driver John Campbell moved on the outside to take her shot at the leaders. The pace accelerated with Goddess unable to gain even terms with the pacesetter with Lifetime Pursuit hitting the three quarters in 1:26.2.

The stretch proved to be a two-filly race with Lifetime Pursuit digging in and Shake It Cerry moving inside through the passing lane. Driver Ron Pierce urged Shake It Cerry lightly and the daughter of Donato Hanover took off with explosive trot crossing the wire in 1:54.1.

Lifetime Pursuit finished three-quarters of a length behind Shake It Cerry. Goddess held her ground firmly in the stretch with Struck By Lindy closing for fourth. Market Rally was able to pick up the fifth spot and by virtue of her earnings will join the top four in the $500,000 Breeders Crown final on October 19.

Jimmy Takter trains the first two finishers with the homebred Shake It Cerry owned by Solveig’s Racing Partners of New Jersey. Shake it Cerry has won four of her seven starts this year with her biggest victory coming in the $321,700 Merrie Annabelle at The Meadowlands in August. Shake It Cerry paid $5 to win as the second betting choice.

Winning driver Ron Pierce said "She should be coming into next week really good. She hardly had to work tonight. She wanted to work a lot harder, but I made her sit in there. She’s real fussy about that, but next week we’ll be letter her trot.”
In the second elim, Cooler Schooner left quickly, winning a brief bid for the top with Vanity Manners. Sent off at 7-5, Vanity Manners broke into the first turn and was eliminated. By the :27.1 first quarter Cooler Schooner was far out in front and stayed about seven lengths the best through a :55.1 half. Scream And Shout was gliding easily as best of the rest.

Cooler Schooner kept winging into a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Demanding Sam came out late to charge from the outside but couldn't get to Scream And Shout, who finished second as Cooler Schooner raced the final quarter in :27.4, crossing the wire in 1:52.2, 10 3/4 lengths in front.

Arlene and Jules Siegel of Pennsylvania bred Cooler Schooner, who won in 1:51.3 at Pocono in August. John Campbell was in the bike for that win, too, though Cooler Schooner was sent off at 12-1; she was 4-5 in this event. Her Aug. 21 win at Pocono was the fastest mile in history by a 2 year old on any sized track.

Scream And Shout, Demanding Sam and Ruby also earned their ways into the final field.

"She can just go so easy, nothing surprises me anymore,” said trainer Jim Campbell. "(John) looked like he was just going along where she was comfortable but after she set that world record nothing surprises me with her.

"If she keeps her head on straight she can go with anybody. She has to repeat this type of performance next week (in the final).

The two elimination winners will draw for post positions one through five with the rest of the finishers being placed in an open draw.The draw will take place before the Saturday race card.

The two elimination winners will draw for post positions one through five with the rest of the finishers being placed in an open draw. The draw will take place before the Saturday race card. (Breeders Crown)
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