Lebanon, OH – Hamsandwich, a gorgeous roan four-year-old son of Tellitlikeitis, captured the $22,500 championship leg of the Omar Hiteman Memorial series at Miami Valley on Monday (Feb. 22). It was his third straight success in the series, this one clocked in 1:54. Leading driver Trace Tetrick guided the odds-on favorite for owner-trainer Adam Short.
The Hiteman series, one of nine “Lebanon Legends” events honoring notable former southwest Ohio horsemen in February and March, featured non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime through the nomination date. Hamsandwich will now likely graduate to the George Williams Memorial for non-winners of four races or $40,000.
As he did in the two preliminary legs, Tetrick was satisfied to settle Hamsandwich into a mid-pack position until flushing live cover nearing the half, which carried him until halfway around the final bend. At that point, as he so often does, Tetrick swung Hamsandwich three wide and they roared down the middle of the stretch to a convincing victory.
Gambler Panic (Jason Brewer) put up a courageous fight before succumbing to the winner about 100 yards shy of the finish line. The pair produced a $16.80 perfecta. Longshot Bizys Beatle (Jared Seekman) was best of the rest and completed a $101.70 50-cent trifecta return.
Racing resumes Tuesday (Feb. 23) and Wednesday (Feb. 24) at Miami Valley with 2:05 p.m. post times on each day.