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John Campbell remembers a time when people wondered whether Cooler Schooner could become a racehorse. Now they might only wonder how fast she can go. Cooler Schooner, who in August trotted the fastest mile in harness racing history for a 2-year-old on any size track when she won in 1:51.3 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old fillies. All 12 Breeders Crown championships will be held Saturday at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the card's first race. Cooler Schooner won her Breeders Crown elimination race last weekend by nearly 11 lengths in 1:52.2. "She was tough training down and there were many people that saw her train and thought she wouldn't make the races," Campbell said. "She's definitely made them and made an impact." Campbell drives Cooler Schooner for his brother, trainer Jim Campbell. The filly is a daughter of stallion Broadway Hall, who gave the Campbell brothers their only Breeders Crown victory together when he won the 2-year-old colt trot in 2002. She is a full sister to Broadway Schooner, who also was trained by Jim Campbell and won the 2009 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters. Now the Campbells will try to win another trophy, for their family as well as Cooler Schooner's. "She can just go so easy, nothing surprises me anymore," said Jim Campbell, who has won a total of three Breeders Crown finals. "After she set that world record, nothing surprises me with her. If she keeps her head on straight, she can go with anybody. But she has to repeat this type of performance (Saturday)." Cooler Schooner has won four of 10 starts and earned $133,231 for owner Fashion Farms. In three of her first five starts she went off stride during the early part of the race. The races in which she made those breaks are the only ones when Cooler Schooner failed to lead the field to the opening quarter-mile. "She's a little headstrong, but she sure can go," said John Campbell, who has won a record 45 Breeders Crown titles. "She's a little difficult to deal with, but down the backstretch (in her elimination) I backed her up and she actually relaxed. But it takes that far into the race to be able to rate her and that's a little more than you'd like. But she was very strong finishing." When asked how talented Cooler Schooner is, the driver grinned. "She's extremely talented," John Campbell said, with a little extra emphasis on the word extremely. "We've had faith in her ability all year. She's just gifted with athletic ability. She travels like a pacer, there's no wasted motion. Her gait is just absolutely flawless. She has a really good attitude. Even when she gets tired she still tries." Jim Campbell has three horses in the Breeders Crown finals, with Credit Fashion at 5-1 in the race for 2-year-old male trotters and Sometimes Said at 12-1 in the event for 2-year-old male pacers. Cooler Schooner will face a tough field in her division, led by the Jimmy Takter triumvirate of Shake It Cerry, Lifetime Pursuit and Scream And Shout. If Cooler Schooner wins, she and sister Broadway Schooner will join a small group of full siblings to capture Breeders Crown trophies: CR Kay Suzie and CR Renegade, Flirtin Miss and Pick Me Up, Western Terror and If I Can Dream, and Economy Terror and Yellow Diamond (who, interestingly, were sired by Western Terror). "Personality-wise, she's pretty much a clone of Broadway," Jim Campbell said. "I think next year she's going to mature a lot. Her sister was the exact same way. She's not like a crazy filly to be around; she's the biggest sweetheart you could be around. I think a lot of it is just immaturity. "Like John says, she's just so gifted. She's got no wasted motion to her and she's got tremendous speed. She's like a natural." by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

WILKS-BARRE PA -- World champion Cooler Schooner and Shake It Cerry and were the impressive winners of their respective $25,000 eliminations for next Saturday's $500,000 Breeders Crown Championship for two-year-old trotting fillies. The Broadway Hall filly Cooler Schooner trotted the fastest mile ever by a freshman over any size track, 1:51.4, here on August 21, and tonight she claimed a tie for second by storming away to a 1:52.2 10 3/4-length triumph. John Campbell, who said that he definitely wanted to be on the lead, had his filly slightly off the gate but got the "Schooner" sailing quickly after the start and claimed the point, with the 4-5 favorite getting some help when 7-5 second choice Vanity Matters ran in the two-hole at the eighth. After darting to fast fractions of 27.1 and 55.1, Cooner Schooner showed a new dimension with rating to a 1:24.3 three-quarters, then sprinted home in 27.4, with Scream And Shout, Demanding Sam, and Ruby far in arrears at the wire but still claiming spots in the final. Both John Campbell and his brother, trainer Jim, both note that the gifted filly seems to be maturing with racing, noting her speed was more usable. "She should be able to improve with more experience," Jim Campbell noted -- a scary thought for her opposition, but a very good thing for owner-breeder Fashion Farms of nearby New Hope PA. In the other elim, Shake It Cerry yielded to her stablemate in the Jimmy Takter barn, Lifetime Pursuit, nearing a 27.1 opener to sit the pocket; behind came another major development as 4-5 favorite Designed To Be (the other 1:52.2 trotting 2YO) made a break just before the field exited the curve. With the chalk eliminated, the two Takter barnmates were the major factors the rest of the way, with Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) getting the new two splits in 58 and 1:26.2, and "Cerry" (Ron Pierce) waiting patiently for the "Pocono Pike" passing lane. When shown ground up the inside in the last eighth, Shake It Cerry had more than enough to overhaul Lifetime Pursuit despite a 27.4 last quarter. winning in 1:54.1 more easily than the half-length margin might suggest. Struck By Lindy was third off cover; Goddess, who moved uncovered but tired, was fourth; fifth-place Market Rally earned a spot in next week's Championship by being the richer of the two final checkgetters. When asked about leaving Takter stablemate Lifetime Pursuit outside in a tough opener, Pierce said, "I really couldn't take her (Shake It Cerry) back much because she likes to race, doesn't like waiting that much. Fortunately, she was good in the pocket and I felt if I could keep her together until the top of the stretch, I would be the winner. I love this filly." The winner (whose last name is pronounced with a "K" sound in front) is a daughter of Donato Hanover, owned by the Solveig's Racing Partners of East Windsor NJ. Trainer Takter is no stranger to the winners circle in this event -- he was there last year with To Dream On. by Jerry Connors for

WILKS-BARRE PA -- The regally-bred Gallie Bythe Beach equaled her divisional world record with a 1:50.3 triumph in her $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown two-year-old filly pace Friday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, then Allstar Rating went her one -- no, two, better -- by lowering that mark to 1:50.1 in the other elim. Gallie Bythe Beach, a daughter of millionaire Breeders Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Galleria (1998) bred and owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope PA and trained by Jim Campbell, took full advantage of track geometry for all-time leading Breeders Crown sulky champion John Campbell, putting the outside-post leavers in behind her and carving out fractions of 26.1, 54.2, and 1:22.1, with the outer flow never reaching her. Through the stretch pocketsitting Southwind Silence tried for late heroics in the Pocono Pike passing lane but came up a head shy; Ali Blue and Beach Body were next in line at the wire. 2-5 favorite She's Da Bomb raced off cover, lost a little ground swinging for home, then kicked in late but could only salvage fifth, causing abnormally-high show prices for the first three finishers. "Pocono obviously is a track where you want to be on the lead, within reason," John Campbell noted after the race, explaining his strategy with Gallie Bythe Beach. About his filly's gameness in the lane, Campbell noted, "The most consistent thing about this filly is that she always tries hard -- even in defeat, she's pacing her best to the wire." For Fashion Farms and the brothers Campbell, it was the second Crowning achievement of the evening, following their triumph with trotting counterpart Cooner Schooner. The fans had barely caught their breath from that effort when the second elim came out. Early on, Allstar Rating was hard-used to make the lead before the 26.3 quarter, then yielded to 1-9 quartermoving favorite Precocious Beauty, who hit the next two splits in 54 and 1:22.2. Turning for home driver Yannick Gingras had Allstar Beauty right on the chalk's helmet, and the Pocono Pike proved the pathway to victory as the daughter of Four Starzz Shark caught the frontrunner by a head for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and JJK Stables. Act Now followed the winner up the inside and was third, just ahead of Uffizi Hanover, who did well after a tough trip. "It was only her fifth lifetime start," Gingras noted. "She's still learning, but I've been impressed with her -- she has a world of ability. I wasn't positive I could beat Precocious Beauty -- she's a great filly -- but my filly is very good as well." The former world record for 2PF was set at Chester in 2011 by Economy Terror -- who will race tomorrow night in the Crown Older Mare Pace elim. Gallie Bythe Beach wrote her name next to the "Terror"'s -- but the life of those records would only prove to be about 40 minutes long. by Jerry Connors for

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Doug McNair will steer eight talented horses during Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack, and while the Guelph resident cannot catch the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes drivers’ race a successful Super Final showing could move him closer to an even bigger goal. In the Ontario race McNair is over 100 points behind dueling leaders Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion, but in the Canadian rankings the 23-year-old reinsman is in a heated battle with Jamieson and Filion that sees the three separated by less than $250,000 in earnings. Just five years after he drove his first race, those numbers could put McNair among the contenders for a year-end O’Brien Award. “I think there are two or three guys who could win Driver of the Year,” says the young reinsman. “I’d love to be part of that.” Horses from his father Gregg McNair’s barn have been among those that have propelled McNair up the Canadian standings, including the three he will steer on the Super Final program. Two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed, three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally and two-year-old pacing colt Three Of Clubs have all been multiple winners on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this summer. Trainer Tony O’Sullivan has also contributed to McNair’s success and his two-year-old pacing filly Sudoku and three-year-old pacing filly Love Canal will benefit from the driver’s guidance on Saturday evening. “I personally think when you get to the top level, or at any level, the trainers are going to help you get there. The year they have is the kind of year you’re going to have,” says McNair. “My Dad’s had a great year and Tony O’Sullivan’s had a great year and that’s helped me be where I am.” McNair says his father’s support and guidance played a key role in his journey to the sport’s major leagues and he would love to steer one of his dad’s horses to a win on Saturday. While he has had multiple Grassroots Champions, including three in 2012, it has been 12 years since McNair Sr. captured a Super Final title. The father-son team will have their first opportunity to gather in the winner’s circle with two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed. The Muscle Mass daughter finished atop the division point standings with two wins and two seconds in five regular season starts and will make her bid for the division title from Post 8. “She’s been pretty nice all year,” says McNair of the filly, who is owned by his father and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. “I’m not expecting to win it, it’s a pretty tough field, but hopefully she gets a big piece of it.” McNair’s second mount of the evening comes in the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final, where he will drive heavy favourite Bee A Magician’s stablemate Choir Robe from the outside Post 10 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. In the three-year-old pacing filly showdown McNair and O’Sullivan trainee Love Canal will be looking to defend the Super Final title they earned in 2012. The Badlands Hanover daughter won her July 1 Gold Series start at Mohawk, but could only muster a runner-up effort at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 12. McNair is confident that O’Sullivan will have Love Canal firing on all cylinders for Saturday’s test and believes the filly can deliver a repeat even if she is not at her best. “If she races at 75 per cent I think she can win that race,” says the reinsman, who sends the filly out from Post 9. “She has a lot of talent; hopefully she’s on her game. I know the rest of them will be, going for that kind of money.” Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Robert Cooper Stables LLC of Boca Raton, FL and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY share ownership of the winner of $570,420. McNair will steer a second “Nifty” Norman starter in the two-year-old trotting colt contest. The reinsman teamed up with Great White Way for a 1:58 score in the Sept. 21 Gold Series event at Mohawk and will be looking for a second win aboard the Deweycheatumnhowe son from Post 6. “I got lucky to pick him up,” says McNair of the colt, who is owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. “He raced awesome last week. He won his last few races; he’s getting hot right now.” Races 7 and 8 will be McNair’s second and third opportunity to land his father in the winner’s circle. Three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally will start from Post 4 for McNair Sr., Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The pair clocked an impressive 1:53.4 triumph in the Sept. 20 Gold event and McNair is hoping the Angus Hall colt has another one of those miles up his sleeve. In the two-year-old pacing colt final the driver had the choice of two colts from his father’s string and opted for Three Of Clubs from Post 9, rather than Crafty Master from Post 7. The Mach Three son won two of four Gold Series starts this summer and was metres away from a third win last weekend when he stepped on his quarter-boot in the stretch and made a break. “He was probably on top by 10 lengths,” says McNair, ruefully. “Any of the times he ever lost it was not his fault,” the driver continues. “He’s a really nice horse.” Gregg McNair, Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham share ownership on Three Of Clubs, who also won the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in early August. McNair opted for O’Sullivan trainee Sudoku over two of his father’s starters in the two-year-old pacing filly showdown. Badlands Hanover daughter Sudoku, owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Cooper LLC and Dana Parham of Boca Raton, FL and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA, will start from Post 4. The driver also left his father looking for a substitute in the three-year-old pacing colt final when he agreed to drive Windsong Jack for trainer Dave Menary. It will be McNair’s first appearance in the Santanna Blue Chip son’s race bike. “I was asked to drive him a couple of weeks ago and I think he’s good enough to finish first or second in there if he races good,” explains the driver. “He’s shown some huge speed.” McNair will steer Windsong Jack from Post 4 for Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. Mohawk Racetrack’s first race gets under way at 7:25 pm and the Super Finals are slated for Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. For complete entries  Sandra Snyder

Trainer Jim Campbell often says there can be a big difference between the way a horse trains and the way he races. Ideal Fashion is the ideal example. The 2-year-old colt pacer, a half-brother to stakes-winner Fashion Delight, heads into Saturday's Bluegrass Stakes at Lexington's Red Mile having won one of seven races and earned $27,408. Ideal Fashion, a son of American Ideal out of the mare BJ's Sunshine, competes in the fourth of four Bluegrass divisions. "I trained him this morning, and the way he trained, it blows my mind that he hasn't done more," Campbell said. "He trains as good as any horse I have in the barn. I have no answer why, but it just hasn't carried over into his races. But I think he still has it in him." Ideal Fashion was purchased as a yearling for $115,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Bonaparte Bluechip. He is owned by Fashion Farms, which also owned Fashion Delight prior to this year. "He's a big colt; he did a lot of growing in the spring," Campbell said. "Hopefully he can mature and put it all together." Ideal Fashion is one of two 2-year-old colt pacers competing on Saturday for Campbell. The other is Sometimes Said, a son of Well Said-Lady Sometimes. Sometimes Said is coming off a second-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. He won his division of the Historic-Goshen Cup in August and has finished no worse than second in five consecutive races. He has won once in seven starts, banking $140,924. "I've been very happy with him," Campbell said. "He's a very versatile horse. You can race him any way you want." Campbell's Bluegrass week kicks off Thursday night when Cooler Schooner races in the third of three Bluegrass divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters. The split also includes Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Designed To Be. Cooler Schooner opened eyes with a world-record 1:51.3 win in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes on Aug. 21 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She followed up with another sire stakes victory, this one in a track-record 1:54.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia, before finishing fourth in the sire stakes final Sept. 15. "She scoped sick after her last start, so we're hoping she rebounds," Campbell said. "She seems good. She shipped in (to Lexington) on Sunday and she's acted good all week." Cooler Schooner, who has won three of eight starts, is a full sister to 2009 Hambletonian Oaks winner Broadway Schooner. "Personality-wise, she's pretty much a clone of Broadway," Campbell said. "But Cooler has a more efficient gait. Not that Broadway was bad, but this one is just better. And she's more advanced at (age) 2 than Broadway. "I always knew she had speed, but I never thought she would go in (1):51.3," Campbell added. "She's perfect to be around; a real sweetheart. She can get a little keyed up when racing, but that's just her nature." On Friday, Campbell sends Gallie Bythe Beach into the Bluegrass Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. She is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire mare Galleria. There are three divisions of the Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly pacers, with Gallie Bythe Beach in the third. The first division features multiple-stakes-winner Precocious Beauty, who is the No. 10 ranked horse in harness racing's current Top 10 poll. Gallie Bythe Beach has won five of eight races, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes, and earned $304,004. She finished second to Precocious Beauty in the She's A Great Lady Stakes and also finished second in the sire stakes final. "She's having a really nice year," Campbell said. "She's a real professional. She trained down pretty good, but training down and racing are two different things. She's been real good." Ideal Fashion, Sometimes Said, Cooler Schooner and Gallie Bythe Beach are all eligible to the Breeders Crown. Eliminations for the Breeders Crown are scheduled for Oct. 11-12 and the finals are Oct. 19 at Pocono Downs. "The plan is for Gallie and Cooler to race one time in Lexington and then go home and get ready for the Breeders Crown," Campbell said. "With the others, we'll see how it goes and play it by ear." by Ken Weingartner for USTA  

The fortnight of Grand Circuit racing at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky gets underway with the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old filly trotters on Thursday, September 26. This group has had a remarkable season to this point with a bounty of talented debutantes re-writing the record books throughout the summer.   Three divisions of freshman fillies will race over the clay with the first split carded as race five for a purse of $95,200. Several of the entrants have been in town for the Kindergarten Classic legs, including Anonyme Hanover who was a winner her last two in that series. The Explosive Matter lass has displayed an affinity for the surface but will have to move her game up appreciably to extend that skein given the caliber of Thursday's competition. Brett Miller will continue to drive for Burke Racing, Weaver / Bruscemi and Matt Kakaley.   Race eight is the next stake with nine fillies dueling for $96,200. Cee Bee Yes is perhaps the most accomplished of this group with a win in the New Jersey Sires Stakes final heading her resume. The Muscles Yankee filly has won three of seven this season on her way to banking over $140,000 for Jason & Douglas Allen. Her personal best of 1:55.1 was taken over the Red Mile two weeks back. Julie and Andy Miller handle the training and driving duties.   The tenth and final race of the evening is clearly the most contentious, pitting the PA Sires champ Designed To Be against the brilliantly fast Cooler Schooner and Merrie Annabelle winner Shake It Cerry for $96,200.   Designed To Be has won half of her six career outings including a comfortable five length romp in the $260,000 PA final in 1:54.3. The Donato Hanover filly is a winner of nearly $240,000 for Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. She aslo resides in the Julie Miller barn and will have Andy aboard.   Cooler Schooner shocked the harness world with her transcendent 1:51.3 world record tour of Pocono Downs last month. The Broadway Hall filly is wickedly fast and just might put up some dazzling numbers over the clay carpet. John Campbell is her regular driver for trainer Jim Campbell and owner the Fashion Farms.   Shake It Cerry has crowded a lifetime of accomplishment into her short five race career thus far. The Donato Hanover filly is a homebred, raised and raced by the Solveig Partners and she got off to an astounding start at The Meadowlands this summer. She looked ferocious in her morning trials for trainer Jimmy Takter and waltzed to a pair of Pennsylvania wins before capturing the Merrie Annabelle in a track and stakes record 1:53.3. In her next start she caught the above mentioned buzz saw and followed Cooler Schooner under the wire, trotting her mile in 1:51.4 which would have sealed her reputation as one of the best freshman fillies of all time, if there wasn't another filly a length ahead of her.    Most recently, Shake It Cerry went off stride while looking every bit a winner in the Peaceful Way eliminations at Mohawk. She looks to rebound here with her regular driver Ron Pierce listed for Thursday's race.   The Red Mile will race nights Thursday through Saturday with first post at 7pm. Visit the track website for further information on the Grand Circuit race meet which continues through Kentucky Futurity Day, October 6.   by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — It took two trips to Campbellville, but the province’s top two-year-old pacing and trotting colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. After a power outage forced the cancellation of the Friday, Sept. 20 program before all divisions of the last regular season leg could be completed, nine trotting colts and eight pacing colts returned to Mohawk for a pair of non-wagering races just before the Grassroots Championship program got under way on Saturday night. The trotters kicked things off and Guelph resident Doug McNair guided Great White Way to his first provincial victory with a come-from-behind effort. The Deweycheatumnhowe son sprinted home to a one length victory in 1:58, besting Massive Muscles and Massacaia. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Great White Way for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA and will be readying the colt for the Sept. 28 Super Final. The win boosted Great White Way from a four-way tie for twelfth up to second spot in the point standings. Turning for home in the pacing colt division moments later, Doug McNair looked to have a second victory locked up, but leader Three Of Clubs made an unprompted break and went from the front to the back of the field. After making his own error at the start of the race, Arthur Blue Chip took full advantage of his opponent’s miscue and powered up the stretch to a one-half length score in 1:53. Cluster Hanover also closed well to be second, with Marco De Vie completing the top three. Arthur Blue Chip, who was the winner of the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack in July, finished at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division with a record of three wins, one second and one sixth in five Gold Series outings. Dr. Ian Moore trains the Shadow Play son for his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The top 10 point earners from all eight Gold Series divisions will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 28 for the $1,600,000 Super Final Night. For complete results       Sandr Snyder

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 20, 2013--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the $227,488 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Two, five-horse divisions--at $113,744 each--made up the event, which honored the memory of the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. Many of "Tootie's" family, including his wife, Bunny, and friends were on hand for winner's circle presentations. The first event that if the camera doesn't lie, in this case it doesn't separate, either. An old-fashioned "heater" between Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald) and even-money favorite Credit Fashion (Brian Sears). The former, from post position No. 2, led the latter--from post No. 3--through intervals of :30.1, 1:00.0 and 1:30.2. However, Credit Fashion made up a couple of lengths in the lane to match "El Durado" on the money in 1:58.3. The other three entrants broke, with JS Trotting Bob (Jim Morrill Jr.) recovering the grab third. As for the co-stars, third choice Flyhawk El Durado ($3.80 in sharing the win), a Conway Hall colt trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, he's now 5-for-8 after a third consecutive win. Credit Fashion ($2.50 in sharing the win), a son of Credit Winner trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms, it was his fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.80 (Flyhawk El Durado first) and $5.80 (Credit Fashion first), respectively. There was no triple wagering due to the abbreviated assemblage The second grouping had odds-on Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) lead from the pole and from the start (:30.4, 1:00.3, 1:29.4, 1:59.3). Bearing out a bit through the lane, he nonetheless defeated a sharp, debuting Expressive Action (Sears) by three-quarters of length, with General Bill Brown (Morrill) third. For Cash Me Out, a son of Cash Hall trained by Cheryl McGivern for owner Traylor Racing, has four wins and two seconds in seven seasonal starts (only board blemish a first-placed-fifth at Saratoga last week). The exacta paid $17.20, while, again, there was no triple wagering. Friday night's pair of $37,000 Open Handicaps were won by ... Filly and Mare Pace, a from-last Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance, $17) in 1:53.4) Trot, Can I Say (Dan Dube, $8.50) in 1:56.2, now 5-for-5 locally. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals comprising the richest night of racing in the state, is set for Saturday, Sept. 28. Post positions shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

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Fresh off a jaw-dropping world record 1:51.3 win at Pocono Downs last week, Cooler Schooner ($4.20) struck again in her $84,328 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division at Harrah's Philadelphia in Chester, PA Friday afternoon, taking top honors among two-year-old trotting fillies in 1:54.2. The daughter of Broadway Hall and Pine Schooner drilled a :26.4 first quarter before facing steady pressure on the backstretch from Designed To Be (Andy Miller). Battling past a three-quarter split of 1:25, John Campbell called upon Cooler Schooner for everything she had at head-stretch. Ultimately, she was able to just stave off a valiant charge from Designed To Be, but only prevailing by a head. Jim Campbell trains Cooler Schooner for Fashion Farms, LLC. The other two divisions saw driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter team up for a pair of winners, with Honor Thy Daughter ($6.00, Donato Hanover, 1:57) and Lifetime Pursuit ($2.10, Cantab Hall, 1:57.3) taking their divisions. In addition to Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action, Harrah's Philadelphia hosted Historic Series events for two-year-old pacers, with Tim Tetrick teaming both Debutante Stake winners Tyra (1:53.2) and McVita Bella (1:53.3). In addition, two-year-old male pacers Sometimes Said (1:52.4, John Campbell), The Lunch Pail (1:51.3, Andy Miller), and Allstar Partner (1:52.2, Corey Callahan) won their respective Goshen Cup events. From Harrah's Philadelphia Publicity Department  

CHESTER PA - The exciting two-year-old trotting filly Cooler Schooner, who astounded the harness world last week at Pocono when she became the fastest freshman trotter of all-time, regardless of size track, with a 1:51.3f victory, returns Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia in a division of a $252,984 Pennsylvania Sire Stake - and she'll need a first- or second-place finish here just to be in position to reach the final. 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, then withstanding the challenge of 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 5/8-mile track. The Pocono race was "Cooler"'s first in the Sire Stakes, and twelve rivals have more points than her going into Friday's last prelim, with only eight advancing to the $260,000 Championship, also at Harrah's Philadelphia, on Sunday afternoon, September 15. Cooler Schooner drew post three in the field of seven, which gives her a large positional edge over the two joint top pointwinners to date, A Perfect Gem (PP6, driver Marcus Miller for trainer Erv Miller) and Designed To Be (PP7, 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 Sires outings, from post one) and the rest will contest race five on the Friday Chester card, with the other two 2TF division in slots 2 and 8. Also on this Friday card are divisions of the Historic Series for two-year-old pacers of both sexes; the fields contain three horses who have already won $100,000: filly Tyra, and 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. First post on the powerpacked kickoff to the long Labor Day weekend is 12:40 p.m. by Jerry Connors

WASHINGTON, PA, July 21, 2013 — Saturday’s Delvin Miller Adios eliminations card at The Meadows also featured three stakes — worth more than $550,000 combined — for young fillies trying to establish their credentials and earn points in Pennsylvania-sired events. None of the youngsters was more persuasive than Gallie Bythe Beach, who remained unbeaten despite the most miserable trip of her four-race career. Her challenge came in a PA Sires Stake for freshman filly pacers known as the Sand Tart, where she hunted early position for John Campbell but had to settle in sixth. She was out early yet still trailing by 7-1/2 lengths at the half. She turned on the juice around the far turn and held off the late charge of Also Encouraging to defeat her by a nose in 1:53.3. Southwind Silence was third. “She’s pretty special,” said Jim Campbell, who trains the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria for Fashion Farms. “She’s a well-built filly with a real nice gait to her, no wasted motion. She has a couple weeks off now. She’s staked right up through the rest of the year, but we’ll take it a race at a time.” In another Sand Tart split, Beach Body raced aggressively for Jim Morrill, Jr., refusing to turn Hunger Games and Dave Palone loose at the three-eighths. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Silky rolled on to a comfortable victory in a career-best 1:53.1, 2-1/2 lengths better than Very Loudly, with Tyra third. “I was getting everything so cheap that I knew I just had to go on a little bit to get Dave in behind me,” Morrill said. “She’s a big strong filly, and I didn’t see any reason to stop her. She did all the work tonight and lived to tell about it. She obviously has some guts” Chris Oakes trains Beach Body for Purple Haze Stables and Conrad Zurich. Talkative captured the other Sand Tart division. Romola Hanover, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Charisma Hanover was sharp on the front end for Palone, capturing her third PASS split this year in 1:51.1, a lifetime mark. Ron Burke trains the daughter of Dragon Again-Caught The Bouquet, who boasts career earnings exceeding $261,000, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. “She was shut down and came home in 27.1. How many times can you say that?” Palone said. “She’s one of the best fillies I’ve ever drive. She’s so versatile, and she gives you such a good try.” Palone and Burke also teamed for a Romola Hanover victory with Carols Desire, who made up 3 lengths in a Lightning Lane charge to triumph in 1:51.1. Novascotia Hanover was second, 1/2 length back, while Handsoffmycupcake earned show. Since adding Lasix four back, the daughter of Real Desire-Carolache has three wins and a place for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Randy Ringer and Phillip Collura. “I thought I might get some room because we hadn’t done much racing, and I was behind the fillies I wanted to follow,” Palone said. “I knew I had two handfuls; it was just a matter of getting some room.” Native Dream also notched a Romola Hanover win. PA Stallion Series, 3-Year-Old Filly Pacers Hobe Sound found herself seventh down the backside with excessive cover before her. But the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Animated Art was fast and wide in the lane, triumphing in 1:53.2 for Cory Callahan and shedding 2.1 seconds from her lifetime mark. American Ginger was second, a neck behind, with Beautiful Artist third. “I was following live cover, and I was happy with where I was,” Callahan said. “I was just letting her do what she wanted, playing it by ear.” Linda Toscano trains Hobe Sound for Stake Your Claim Stable, Radio Racing Stable, Little E Inc. and Daniel Baer. Icommandmyspirit and Juice Hanover also collected stallion series wins. Evan Pattak  

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -_ CBS Sports Network will present a 90-minute live telecast at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) of America's Trotting Classic, the $1.2 million Hambletonian, from The Meadowlands Racetrack on Saturday, Aug. 3. The 88th Hambletonian, the second leg of Trotting's Triple Crown, will feature a return to heat racing, last seen in 1996 when the brilliant filly Continentalvictory defeated male rivals in straight heats. The telecast undercard will include Hambletonian eliminations, the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old fillies and the $250,000 John Cashman Memorial for older trotters. The Hambletonian Final will go to post at 4:45 p.m. (EDT). "The Hambletonian is the premier race in the sport of harness racing," said Meadowlands Racetrack chairman Jeff Gural. "It deserves its place as a nationally televised event. The CBS Sports Network coverage of the 2012 Hambletonian was excellent and we look forward to the 2013 broadcast. We are very proud to be the host racetrack for this historic race and are very pleased to have the CBS Sports Network as partner in the event's coverage." The award winning television team is lead by veteran executive producer Mike Trager, who's overseen Hambletonian television for more than 25 years; producer Peter Lasser, at the helm the 2008 coverage for NBC; and Bruce Treut, in his second year of directing the race for CBS Sports Network. Coverage of racing's biggest day will be hosted by Gary Seibel with analyst Dave Brower, and Justin Horowitz reporting from the paddock and backstretch. Meadowlands announcer Ken Warkentin will provide his racing expertise and race call. The 2013 Hambletonian broadcast is presented by the Hambletonian Society and the Meadowlands Racetrack with the support of the following participating television sponsors: breeding operations Brittany Farms, Fashion Farms, Joie de Vie Farm, White Birch Farm and Winning Key Farms; the Atlantic City Alliance and the U.S. Trotting Association, Standardbred Breeders & Owners of NJ, the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame; Clinton Tractor & Implement Company and Judge Audio Visual Solutions. The Hambletonian was broadcast live on CBS from 1993-2006 and was moved to CBS Sports Network last year with an expanded format. CBS Sports Network is the 24-hour home of CBS Sports and is available across the country through local cable, video and telco providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 613 and Dish Network Channel 158. For more information, and to access the CBS Sports Network channel finder, go to Rachel Ryan

Pekoe Fashion, who won last season's Matron Stakes for harness racing 2-year-old male trotters, returned to the racetrack Friday morning (April 6), winning a qualifier at the Meadowlands in 1:58.2.

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