Altamura Captures $40,000 Maiden Special Weight Race For Virginia-Breds At Laurel On June 15th

Congratulations to Altamura, winner of the June 15th $40,000 maiden special weight race for Virginia-breds at Laurel. The 3 year old Artie Schiller filly chased dueling leaders Kuznetsov and Virginia Fable at the top of the stretch, caught them in mid-stretch and edged clear before the wire. The winner crossed one length ahead of Virginia Fable. She completed the 5 1/2 furlong turf test in 1:02.42.

Altamura got her first lifetime win June 15th in a $40,000 maiden special weight race for Virginia-breds at Laurel. Photo by Jim McCue.

Altamura was bred by Chance Farm, was ridden by Jairo Rendon and is trained by John Stephens. She is out of the Jump Start mare, Delta Weekend. Prior to her winning effort, the filly had a respective fifth and fourth place finish at Monmouth this spring.

Altamura kicked off a series of 2018 Virginia-bred races at Laurel with a win June 15th. Photo by Jim McCue.

Here’s the rest of the field in finishing order with each breeder’s name: Virginia Fable (2nd – Becky Lavin), Holiday Hopes (3rd – William Backer Revocable Trust), Kuznetsov (4th – Larry Johnson), Miss Gray (5th – Lady Olivia at North Cliff), Kitten’s Friend (6th – Phyllis Jones), Wicked Sister (7th – Lady Olivia at North Cliff), Wolverette (8th – Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, III) and Gingeresk (9th – Nancy Rizer & Eric Rizer).