A two year old pacer stole the show on Tuesday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Trainer/driver Dan Daley brought just one horse to the Spa to compete on Tuesday after securing two wins and two seconds with his young horses on Monday’s matinee. Daley’s Blue Collar Man (Bolt The Duer- Celebrate America-Allamerican Native) made his lifetime debut on Tuesday following an impressive qualifier at Vernon Downs in which he won by better than nine lengths in a mile paced in 1:56.1. The freshman was co-favored in his lifetime debut at odds of 7-5 and his attack was nothing short of sensational.
Blue Collar Man powered out to the front-end at the start and opened up a big lead in the early stages of his debut. The freshman clicked off first-half fractions of 29 and 59.1 before extending his lead to an insurmountable margin and stopping the timer in 1:55.1. A two year old making his lifetime debut over a track listed as ‘good’ pacing 1:55.1 and winning by, coincidentally, the exact same nine and a quarter length margin that he won his qualifier by. Keep an eye on this Daley trainee as summer progresses as the effort we witnessed on Tuesday was nothing shy of dazzling for a two year old. Gussy’s Trump Card (Larry Stalbaum) was the co-favorite in the race and finished a well-beaten second to Blue Collar Man while Jovian (Steve Genois) earned the show spot.
Live racing continues on Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga with first post time set for Noon.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino