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Freshman filly trotter Cooler Schooner sets world record
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - by Jim Beviglia, for Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- It was clear sailing for the freshman filly trotter Cooler Schooner in the fourth 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 1-1/2 lengths. Shake It Cerry finished a fast closing second after going a long first-over trip in the $66,446 event.

The new world record holder -- for any size track -- is trained by Jim Campbell for Fashion Farms of New Hope, Pa. She lowered the previous mark of 1:53.2 on a five-eighths-mile track set by the colt Manofmanymissions in 2010 and equalled by the filly Check Me Out in 2011.

The first division of the night was captured by Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) in 1:55.4 for trainer Jimmy Takter. The Cantab Hall-Queen Of Grace 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 3-1/2 lengths in 1:55.4 for driver David Miller. The Explosive Matter-Lindy Of My Dreams daughter is owned by Melvin Hartman, R A W Equine Inc. and Adam Victor & Son Stable LLC and trained by Richard 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- Asixpakfromperfect filly, who now has seasonal earnings of $113,907.


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