It was a toss-up as to who was happier during Friday's post-race ceremony for the Grade III Pin Oak Valley View — the presenting sponsor or the jockey who helped the trophy stay with its owner.
Canadian-based rider Eurico Da Silva celebrated his second graded stakes victory from just eight mounts during this Keeneland Fall Meet, guiding Pin Oak homebred Overheard to a 1-length victory in her owner's $150,000 turf test.
Overheard's win marked the second time this meet a race sponsor has given the trophy over to itself as Juddmonte homebred Emollient won the Juddmonte Spinster during opening weekend.
Da Silva's beaming face was also on display that first week thanks to his heady handling of Grade I Darley Alcibiades winner My Conquestadory. With Overheard tracking well back in ninth in the 12-horse bunch through a half in :48.26 on Friday, he angled the daughter of Macho Uno to the far outside around the final turn, giving her a clear path toward her first graded stakes win in 10 career starts.
"I told (trainer) Malcolm (Pierce) before the race I was concerned (about saving) some ground," Da Silva said. "He said, 'Eurico, I prefer you come outside. I think that's the best way for her to run today.' So that's what I did.
"When I came home, I had a lot of horse. I was outside; I had a very clear trip. She was ready today."
Based primarily at Woodbine, Overheard had been knocking on the door of graded success. The 3-year-old bay filly has four wins and has not been off the board in her career, including a second-place effort in the Grade III Appalachian during the Keeneland Spring Meet.
"We've had this race picked out for a long time for her because Ms. (Josephine) Abercrombie sponsors the race," said, Pierce, who added the Valley View would be Overheard's final start of 2013. "This is a very good turf filly. She's run hard since Fair Grounds in the winter time and just done everything we've asked of her.
"She's matured all year long. We have a great program for older fillies on the grass at Woodbine so that should be the plan for next year."
Sent off at 5-1 odds, Overheard covered the 11⁄16 miles in 1:43.35 over a course rated firm. Graded stakes winner Nellie Cashman held for second after briefly taking over the lead in the lane, with 9-5 favorite Summer of Fun third.
"I was stuck inside all the way and there was never a chance to get out," said Joe Rocco Jr., jockey for Summer of Fun. "She still ran on even though she wasn't on her favorite part of the racetrack."
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