"The plan was to go to the lead, and that didn't work out," said winning jockey Fernando Jara. "When the gate opened he broke a little slow. I wasn't expecting that, but he recovered right away from that and he put himself in a good position for me. They were going really fast the first part and I just waited until the stretch and he kept coming."
Uno Caliente showed speed along the hedge at the start of the 5-furlong event, clocking a quarter in :21.41 before having to steady as the favored Determinato took over for a half in :44.27. Silver Cloud rallied to engage Determinato in the stretch and edged out the victory by just a head over the late-closing Tripski, while Determinato faded to third. Final time was :56.08.
"He was well-ridden by Fernando," said DaCosta, who also trains the 5-year-old Rahy gelding. "It was a good fight through the stretch and the horse and Fernando prevailed. He's a five-eighths turf specialist so I'll look for another stakes race."
A claim of foul by Orlando Bocachica, the rider of Uno Caliente, against Luis Saez, the rider of Determinato, for alleged interference leaving the turn was not allowed.
Silver Cloud returned $10.60, $5.60, and $3.60 for the win, while Tripski paid $7.40 and $4.00 as the runner-up. It was another two lengths back to Determinato, who brought back $3.00. Completing the order of finish were Madame Giry, Uno Caliente, Simmstown, Regally Ready, King Solomon, Latin Rocks, and Banzai Kid. Artefacto, Cajun Breeze , and Off the Jak scratched.
Bred in Florida by Alfonso Figliolia out of the Silver Deputy mare Silver Clipper, Silver Cloud was a $34,000 purchase from the 2010 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training where he was consigned by Nick de Meric, agent. He improved his record to 7-5-1 from 23 starts, with earnings of $241,622. The Bob Umphrey was his first stakes win.