10/11/2013 10:39PM

Breeders Crown: Cooler Schooner, Father Patrick lone victorious favorites in Friday eliminations

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Father Patrick ran his winning streak to eight with a Breeders Crown elimination victory.

The doubters are likely silenced after Friday’s explosive performance by Cooler Schooner in one of two $25,000 eliminations for the $500,000 Breeders Crown juvenile trotting filly division. The world champion with a 1:51 3/5 effort at Pocono in August, returned to her favorite track and blew away the competition, winning by nearly 11 lengths in an eye-catching 1:52 2/5 mile.

What was different this night as compared to Cooler Schooner’s world record performance was the ease at which she was able to rate the middle half fractions and the authority she showed trotting a final quarter in :27 4/5 while under wraps.

“John didn’t even pull the earplugs,” said Jim Campbell, winning trainer of Cooler Schooner, about his brother’s effort in the sulky.

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Cooler Schooner started from the rail and John Campbell was very slow to reach the starting gate by design. Once the race began, Vanity Matters and driver Yannick Gingras attempted to leave hard but Cooler Schooner matched her stride putting her in a hole and eventually Vanity Matters broke stride.

Cooler Schooner cut fractions of :27 1/5, :55 1/5 and 1:24 3/5 on her way to her fourth win in 10 career starts.

Scream And Shout was a distant second with Demanding Sam and Ruby qualifying for the final.

In the first $25,000 Crown elim, Shake It Cerry regained winning form trotting past stablemate Lifetime Pursuit in 1:54 1/5. Designed To Be, the 4-5 favorite in the field, tucked in the early stages but made a break and was never a factor.

“She should be coming into next week really good. She hardly had to work tonight,” said winning driver Ron Pierce of Shake It Cerry’s effort.

Lifetime Pursuit was a half-length behind Shake It Cerry at the wire with Goddess, Struck By Lindy and Market Rally all qualifying for the final.

Allstar Rating, driven by Yannick Gingras, overtook odds-on favorite Precocious Beauty in the stretch to capture the second Crown elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Four Starzzz Shark crossed the wire in 1:50 1/5, eclipsing the world record equaled in the first elimination heat by Gallie Bythe Beach of 1:50 3/5.

Gingras and Allstar Rating left along with Act Now and Quick Thrill for the lead and was in front through a :26 3/5 opening quarter. Precocious Beauty made a solid move with Doug McNair for the front and led the field through the half in :54. The favorite was able to get a breather, pacing to the three quarters in 1:22 2/5 with Uffizi Hanover attempting to come up without cover but not getting near the leader’s flank. In the stretch, Allstar Rating moved through the passing lane and Precocious Beauty attempt to match strides with her but couldn’t hold off the 5-1 second choice while losing a head decision.

Ron Burke trains Allstar Rating, a winner three times in five starts this year.

Gallie Bythe Beach, a daughter of Crown winners Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria, went wire-to-wire in the first Crown elimination race for juvenile pacing fillies. The team of driver John Campbell and trainer Jim Campbell scored a double with the Fashion Farms homebred.

Gallie Bythe Beach, a 5-2 proposition, set fractions of :26 1/5, :54 2/5 and 1:22 1/5 while on her way to a then world record equaling 1:50 3/5 mile.

“I had the opportunity to be on the front end and I took it,” said John Campbell following the race. “I would have liked to give her a breather but she wanted to go.”

Southwind Silence, Beach Body, Ali Blue and disappointing odds-on favorite She’s Da Bomb all advanced to the final.

Father Patrick eclipsed the world record in capturing a single $25,000 Crown elimination for two-year-old trotting colts. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt wore down an impressive pacesetter Nuncio nearing the wire winning in 1:52 1/5.

“It was a tough mile,” said Jimmy Takter after the race. Though the top seven in the race qualified for the final, Father Patrick could have taken a bye for the race but Takter elected to race him. “I didn’t want to get stuck with the nine-hole,” Takter said, referring in some way to the post he drew in the elimination. Father Patrick, with the victory, gets to draw between post positions one and five for the final, as do all the elimination winners.

Joining Father Patrick in the final are Nuncio, Another Transcript, Expressive Action, Southwind Spirit, Auspicious Hanover, Muscle Network, and Credit Fashion and Don Dorado, who accepted byes into the final.