Altamura Wins $75,000 Tyson Gilpin Stakes In A Blanket Photo Finish

Congratulations to Virginia-bred Altamura, who captured the $75,000 Tyson Gilpin Stakes at Laurel Park in a wild four horse photo finish. The stakes was the second of four on the “Commonwealth Day” program exclusively for Virginia-bred/sired horses.  

Altamura (#6) wins a tight race over a trio of close finishers in the $75,000 Tyson Gilpin Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

The 3 year old Artie Schiller filly was bred by the Chance Farm and is trained by co-owner John Stephens, who won his first stakes race ever in the Gilpin. Jockey Horacio Karamanos, winningest rider in Colonial Downs’ history, directed the effort up top. Altamura collected her first lifetime win June 15th in a $40,000 Virginia-bred maiden special weight event at Laurel. 

Altamura (#6) edges Virginia Fable (#5) in the Tyson Gilpin Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

Virginia Fable, who led all the way until just before the wire, was second. Up Hill Battle was third and Sister Says finished fourth. The rest of the field finished in this order: What the Beep (5th), Northern Eclipse (6th), Do What I Say (7th) and Dixie Dazzle (8th).

Altamura and jockey Horacio Karamanos in the winners circle after the Tyson Gilpin Stakes. Photo by Jim McCue.

What happens when the first three favorites finish out of the money? A $4,265.90 superfecta payout for the $1 combo!