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 and then withstanding the challenge of the 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 five-eighths mile track.
The Pocono race was “Cooler’s” first in the Sire Stakes, and 12 rivals have more points than she does going into Friday’s last preliminary, with only eight advancing to the $260,000 Championship, also at Harrah’s Philadelphia, on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15. Cooler Schooner drew post three in the field of seven, which gives her a large positional edge over the two joint top point-winners to date, A Perfect Gem (post six, driver Marcus Miller for trainer Erv Miller) and Designed To Be (post seven, 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 Sire Stakes outings, who will start from post one) and the rest will contest race five on the Friday Chester card, with the other two 2-year-old trotting filly division in slots two and eight.
Also on this Friday’s card will be divisions of the Historic Series for 2-year-old pacers of both sexes; the fields contain three horses who have already won $100,000, the filly Tyra, and the 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.
Post time for the power-packed kickoff to the long Labor Day weekend will be at 12:40 p.m., ET.