One of Queensland's favourite sons is returning home. Gigantic gelding I Am Sam is once again returning to the Dixon/Rasmussen harness racing stables but this time there is one small difference. He will also race under a new banner.
A deal was negotiated between owner Lindsay Vagg and Grant Dixon shortly after last week's Inter Dominion Grand Final day at Menangle.
I Am Sam competed during the Watpac ID10 carnival from the Victorian stables of Alan Tubbs where he finished 7th in the consolation at his most recent start.
The popular pacer was sent to Victoria on a permanent basis back in December last year where he chased the rich Country Cups circuits which netted him a victory in the Listed $25,000 Ararat Cup in January.
Thegelding was a ruthless performer on the Barastoc Grand Circuit stage when racing from the Dixon/Rasmussen stable previously where he was responsible for some courageous efforts including his half neck second to world champion pacer in the Hunter Cup at Moonee Valley last year.
The 30 times winner also claimed the Bohemia Crystal FFA at Harold Park, Horsham Cup, Popular Alm FFA, Redcliffe Cup plus a heat of the Inter Dominion on the Gold Coast in a "PB" of 1.54.4 whilst racing for the Queensland couple.
In fact, 19 of his 30 victories have been secured whilst racing from the couple's Tamborine stables.
"We're very grateful to have the opportunity to work with big Sammy again; he is a very good horse and one that we have a lot of time and respect for" Grant Dixon said.
"He will have a couple of weeks to freshen up before returning to work, at this point we have no set plans with him" Dixon added.
I Am Sam returned home last Friday along with champion pacer Blacks A Fake, Atomic Ark and Western Cam.