NEW YORK (AP) Frosty Margarita beat favored Behrnik's Bank by a neck Sunday in the $147,000 New York Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
The Behrnik's Bank had gone 2 for 2 at Penn National, winning by a combined 31 1/2 lengths. She was bet down to 1-5 and, as expected, set the pace.
Frosty Margarita never let her shake loose, sitting second to the leader before getting up in the final strides for her third win in six starts.
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Irad Ortiz Jr. had the mount for trainer Rudy Rodriguez as the 5/2 second choice ran the six furlongs in 1:12.24 on the fast track.
''We were concerned about the favorite, that's for sure, but Irad seemed very comfortable,'' Rodriguez said. ''She ran very good today and hopefully she will keep improving a little bit and go to the next level.''
Frosty Margarita paid $7.30, $2.30 and $2.10.
Behrnik's Bank returned $2.10 and $2.10, and Taken By Surprise paid $2.70 to show.