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October 2013
PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
Two-Year-Old Filly Breaks Trotting World Record
by Kimberly French
The Campbell brothers knew
they had a filly with a fantastic
turn of foot and tons of trot. They
also knew it might be time to
switch up their game plan, but
never in their wildest dreams
did they think it would result in
Cooler Schooner becoming the
swiftest 2-year-old trotter of all
time.
“We decided to do what-
ever she wanted,” her pilot John
Campbell, told Jay Bergman of
the
Daily Racing Form
on August
26. “I wasn’t going to fight her.”
Owned and bred by Jules
and the late Arlene Siegel’s
Fashion Farms in New Hope,
PA, Cooler Schooner is a daugh-
ter of Broadway Hall and the
Pine Chip mare Pine Schooner.
Conditioned by John Campbell,
the filly is the seventh foal from
her dam and is a half-sister to
Pine Glide (Yankee Glide, t, 5,
1:57.4F, $99,247) and a full sis-
ter to 2009 Hambletonian Oaks
victress, Broadway Schooner (t,
1:53.3M, $885,923).
“She showed speed the
whole time we were training her
down,” Jim said. “But sometimes
you have to be careful when you
are in that situation and they are
showing you that speed, because
when it comes time to get ready
to race, they flatten out at a cer-
tain level. She didn’t though. She
was very athletic and kept going
right on down.
“She looks a little bit like
her (Broadway Schooner),” he
continued. “She was training
down a little bit like her. The dif-
ference is Cooler has more high
speed and gets over the ground
easier than her sister did. She
don’t even realize how fast she
is going because she does it so
easily.”
Cooler Schooner captured
her first qualifying race on June
8 at the Meadowlands and her
career debut in a $13,000 non-
winners race at Harrah’s Phila-
delphia on June 21 in a very
sharp 1:56.1. But in her $30,000
PAAll Stars contest at Pocono
Downs on July 5, she broke
stride and came home fifth as the
heavy favorite. Her next engage-
ment was a very nice second
place finish in her $20,000 Mer-
rie Annabelle Elimination at the
Meadowlands on July 26, but in
the $321,700 Final the follow-
ing week the filly had to leave
from the 10 hole and ended up
jumping it off again. Cooler
Schooner’s next performance
was another break and seventh
place finish in the $25,206 His-
toric on August 14 at Harrah’s
Philadelphia.
After that contest, the
Campbells decided it was time
to rework their strategy with this
young lady and brought her into
a $66,446 PA Sire Stakes race on
August 21 at Pocono Downs fully
prepared to execute their new
plan.
“The only problems she’s
really had at the gate are when
she had the 10 hole for the Merrie
Annabelle Final and one time
(breaking stride), it wasn’t her
fault,” Jim explained. “A horse in
front of her broke and she was in-
terfered with so she broke. When
she broke at Pocono she just got
a little too wound up and threw
herself off stride. She really likes
it when you just kind of let her do
her own thing and when you do
she does it very nicely.”
Obliterated Record
Cooler Schooner went
straight to the lead after break-
ing from post five and John, not
known throughout his Hall of
Fame career for sending young
horses, just gripped the lines
through an opening quarter of
26.4, a half in 54.4, three-quarters
in 1:23.2, and the mile in an as-
tounding 1:51.3. The Merrie An-
nabelle winner and overwhelm-
ing favorite Shake It Cerry, who
began to cut into the filly’s lead at
the top of the lane, couldn’t stay
with her and Cooler Schooner
scooted away. The new world re-
cord holder on any size track for
her age, gait and gender lowered
the previous mark of 1:53.2 es-
tablished by Manofmanymissions
in 2010 and equaled by Check
Me Out in 2011. She didn’t just
best the previous standard, she
obliterated it. Only the outstand-
ing and amazing Artsplace has
ever come that close to going that
quickly as a baby (1:51.1) and he
was a pacer.
“We always knew she had a
ton of ability,” John said in the
winners’ circle that evening. “She
hasn’t been very consistent. I
thought she could trot in 1:52 and
the filly coming from behind is a
super filly.”
Jim was of the same mind-
set as his brother about the world
record.
“I was surprised because I
didn’t think a 2-year-old trotting
filly would ever go there,” he
said. “But the track at Pocono is
so fast and the horses get it over
so easy. John said afterwards
he wasn’t surprised she did that
because her speed comes so eas-
ily to her.”
PA Sire Stakes Race
All eyes in the harness world
were set upon race 5 at Harrah’s
Philadelphia on August 30 at 2:01
in the afternoon for a $84,328
Pennsylvania Sire Stake race.
This was Cooler Schooner’s next
start subsequent to her dazzling
world record effort and this field
also had some very nice oppo-
nents. Designed To Be, the sec-
ond choice, conditioned by Julie
Miller, sported a record of 4-2-2
and over $80,000 in the bank and
Erv Miller’s filly, A Perfect Gem,
owned a record of 7-4-2-1 and
earned $100,000 during her brief
career.
Once again, Cooler Schooner
shot out of the gate from post
position three and went a first
quarter in :26.4. Her half was
55.3, three quarters in 1:25 and
she stopped the clock in 1:54.2,
defeating Designed To Be by a
head. The final time was a track
record.
“Sometimes she is just a
little too eager to go,” Jim said.
“In her last race though after
she went that first quarter, she
did relax and came right back
to John. When she gets into her
rhythm like that she just glides
along by doing her own thing,
she really does it very nicely
and when I think she is on her
game she can do it from any-
where. The speed comes really
easy for her.”
After the $260,000 Penn-
sylvania Sire Stakes Final at
Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday,
September 15, where she finished
fourth, Cooler Schooner will
head down to The Red Mile to
compete in the Bluegrass State
before traveling back to Pocono
to end her season in the Breeders
Crown.
“She is definitely not bor-
ing to be around,” Jim said.
“She has a little bit of her own
tendencies, but when she puts
everything together it makes the
bad days with her worthwhile.
In an ideal world, our plans for
her are to go to the Sire Stakes
Final at Chester, than probably
one race in Lexington, and then
we will get her to the Breeders
Crown.”
Cooler Schooner, owned by John and Jim Campbell, is headed to the Breeders Crown after obliterating
the trotting world record.
Photo credit: Mark Hall/USTA
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