Beckhams Z Tam, the Jamie Macomber-trained winner of the Breeders Crown for three-year-old colts and geldings last fall, is stepping up to face a strong field in the $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial Saturday, Sept. 8 at Scioto Downs. The four-year-old son of Always A Virgin has drawn post eight in the 10-horse lineup and is 10-1 on the morning line. Ricky Macomber Jr. is scheduled to drive.
Beckhams Z Tam has earned two wins so far in 2018 and took a new lifetime mark of 1:49.0. With more than $114,000 in purse earnings this season, he has increased his career bankroll to more than $674,000 for the Z Tam Stables LLC of New York, NY. Two starts back, Beckhams Z Tam was a winner in the $152.000 Prix D Ete at Three Rivers Raceway in Quebec.
Beckhams Z Tam will face the always tough McWicked, who starts from post two as the early morning line favorite with David Miller in the bike. McWicked, who finished third in the Dan Patch, is coming off an impressive victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby where he defeated Lazarus N. McWicked has more than $888,000 in purse earnings this year and more than $3.2 million during his career.