Ollie’s Z Tam, the former member of the Jamie Macomber Stable and always a fan favorite during barn tours, has reemerged as a winner at Dover Downs. The now seven-year-old Indiana sired gelding prevailed in the $18,000 Winners Over Select Handicap Thursday, March 23 over a fast track.
Starting from post three, Ollie’s Ztam used just enough early speed to secure the spot right behind early leader Kinnder Jackson and Tim Tetrick. He followed along as fractions of :27.0, :55.0 and 1:22.0 were placed on the board. Driver Allan Davis kept Ollie’s Ztam in the mix as Got the Mojo and Simon Allard applied pressure on the outside.
In the stretch, Ollie’s Ztam rallied to the inside and was followed by Major Bets in the passing Lane. The flashy gelding rallied home in :27.4 for the win by three-quarters of a length over Major Bets and Pat Berry, who closed late for second. Sir Charles of Sky and Art Stafford Jr. also closed late on the outside to finish third.
Ollie’s Ztam paid $8.00 for the win. The Tellitlikeitis son is owned and trained by Tyler Davis. Z Tam Stables LLC bred the gelding, who earned his second win of 2023 after finishing second six times already this season. His career best time of 1:49.4 was taken as a three-year-old at The Meadowlands. To date, he has 21 wins and more than $417,000 on his card. He was acquired by Davis out of a $50,000 claimer in early February this year.
Ollie’s Ztam raced in stakes action for Macomber during the first two years of his career. He then joined the Ron Burke Stable out east heading into his four-year-old season before changing hands during the summer of his five-year-old season. He is the final foal from the Royal Mattjesty mare Gens Z Tam, who also produced Electric Z Tam with a mark of 1:54.1 and more than $100,000 in earnings.
Also a winner on the Thursday card at Dover Downs was Roll With Time, a six-year-old son of Time to Roll. The Indiana sired gelding led the way for driver Art Stafford Jr. at the quarter in :26.4 before being overtaken and sitting in the two hole. In the stretch, he moved again and was a winner by a head at the wire in 1:51.1. Effingham and George Napolitano Jr. finished second over Lyons Music and Jason Lynch for third.
Roll With Time paid $10.20 for the win. He is owned by Mulligan Stables and John Whitby III of Delaware. Jason Johnson trains the Hickory Hollow Stables product, who made his 100th career start in the event. Overall, he has 19 career wins and more than $227,000 in earnings. His career best time of 1:50.4 was taken as a three-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park.