Cooler Schooner became the world’s fastest two-year-old trotter of all time Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs with an amazing 1:51.3 victory.
Driven by Hall of Famer, John Campbell, and trained by his brother, Jim, Cooler Schooner started from post five in the 9th race, one of four $66,446 divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. The daughter of Broadway Hall went right to the early lead and never looked back, leading by as much as six lengths at the half mile point in the race.
She cut fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.2 with Campbell sitting comfortably in the sulky. Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was a close second but the rest of the field was far behind. At the finish line Cooler Schooner held a one and one-half length lead. Shake It Cerry was second with Juiata Hanover (Matt Kakaley) third.
“The first quarter in :26.4 did not surprise me,” Said trainer Jim Campbell after the race, “It was the final time that really shocked me.”
Bred and owned by Fashion Farms Jules Siegle of New Hope, PA, it was Cooler Schooner’s second win in six lifetime starts.
Her clocking erased the former world record of 1:52.4 set by Snow White in 2007, who was also driven by John Campbell.
“She is a filly that goes so easy,” Jim Campbell said. “John (Campbell) told me she goes a :28 quarter like it was just :33 seconds and that she does not know the difference. I’d be surprised if she did not go this fast again. She just trots like it’s no effort at all.”
Cooler Schooner went off at odds of 12-1 and paid $27.60 to win.
By Steve Wolf