12/20/2015 4:26PM

Frosty Margarita deals Behrnik's Bank first loss in Fifth Avenue

Chelsea Durand/NYRA
Frosty Margarita, ridden by Irad Ortiz, defeats 1-5 favorite Behrnik's Bank by a neck in the Fifth Avenue for 2-year-old fillies.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Behrnik’s Bank came to New York with big speed and big hype and she went off a short price in Sunday’s $150,000 Fifth Avenue Division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Aqueduct.

But as often happens when a horse ships into New York for the first time, life gets a bit more challenging.

Such was the case Sunday as Behrnik’s Bank, the 1-5 favorite, couldn’t hold off Frosty Margarita, falling a neck short to that filly in the six-furlong Fifth Avenue, restricted to progeny of New York stallions. It was 11 3/4 lengths back to Taken By Surprise in third.

While Frosty Margarita, a daughter of Frost Giant owned and bred by Gabrielle Farm, was winning for the third time in six starts, Behrnik’s Bank lost for the first time in three starts.

Behrnik’s Bank won her first two starts by combined 31 1/2 lengths against Pennsylvania-breds at Penn National and ran very fast in both races. Sunday’s loss didn’t sit well with owner-trainer Peter Kazamias, who said he felt jockey Jose Ortiz should have busted the race open early rather than go in fractions of 23.37 seconds and 46.96 while only maintaining a half-length advantage.

“I told him to just go to the lead, not wait for the other horse,” Kazamias said. “I feel like I got robbed. She’ll show herself next time. For sure there’ll be a different jockey.”

Kazamias went with Ortiz instead of bringing Edwin Gonzalez here from Penn National because he wanted a New York rider.

Behrnik’s Bank got a little antsy in the gate, but settled down before the doors opened. She broke inward but did move to the lead, just not as easy as Ortiz expected.

 “She took the lead like I expected but she never took a hold of me,” Ortiz said. “I thought the first part she was going to take me at least to the three-eighths pole but she didn’t.”

Irad Ortiz had Frosty Margarita within a length of Behrnik’s Bank from the outset. He sent her Frost Margarita after Behrnik’s Bank turning into the stretch and was able to edge clear from her late. Frosty Margarita, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, covered six furlongs in 1:12.24 and returned $7.30 as the second choice.

“I wanted to be close and try to put a little pressure on that filly because I know if I let her go too easy she can keep going,” Irad Ortiz said. “But my filly settled good and when I asked her to run she showed me she was there for me.”

Rodriguez said he was happy that Ortiz put Frosty Margarita into the race.

“I was hoping we weren’t going to sacrifice our horse to push the favorite,” Rodriguez said. “It looked like we did the right thing. Don’t leave her alone. Keep the pressure on her. Maybe that was the key.”

Frosty Margarita could stretch out against New York-breds in the Maddie May Stakes going a mile and 70 yards on Jan. 31 or remain sprinting and wait for the $125,000 Franklin Square against New York breds on Feb. 20.


Bruce Battaglia More than 1 year ago
P;ease explain how these two multi-millionaire jockeys prospered from the fixed race???Did they send somebody to the windows and make a $200 exacta ? What if they got caught fixing the race and would be ruled off the track for 10 years. The people that lost,obviously the people who wrote comments are bad losers and if you are dumb enough to think this race was fixed by two of the top riders in the country should take your $2 and buy lottery tickets;
Michael Infurna More than 1 year ago
this happens a lot when a trainer not stabled in NY uses a NY jock. Horse should have opened up early instead of keeping the winner in the race.
Joe More than 1 year ago
BB should have been at least 5 clear going into the turn.. very odd race.
Eleanor Sniegowski More than 1 year ago
If this filly runs off by daylight with a 90 or so beyer her next start I'd say the ortiz boys maybe cooked one.The trainer should not have used Jose with IRad being his chief competition.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
You have to love the trainer and jockey comments. I know one thing Frosty Margarita will not beat that other horse outside of NY.
Joe More than 1 year ago
Once the gate opened, nothing made sense in this race. You can argue about the Penn National races only IF Favorite Tale had not run 2 races later going the same distance .78 second slower than Behrnik's Bank. This horse should have been 5 lengths clear going into the turn. She either did not like the track.. possible. Or, the brothers were playing games.. also possible. I'm hoping we'll see Behrnik's Bank at Gulfstream at the end of January going 7F in the Forward Gal Stakes.
Chris Lowe More than 1 year ago
Joe More than 1 year ago
What is your ????
Bruce Battaglia More than 1 year ago
What a lousy loser and a big mouth s.o.b.Go back home to PA where you belong you classless IDIOT.
Steve More than 1 year ago
Please ..the Ortiz contingent controlled this race from the start.Even the chart caller wrote behrniks bank went to the lead under SOME COAXING .The rider did not follow insructions to open up on the lead and the 4 furlong fraction was not fast.I thought this stuff only happened @ smaller tracks.GUESS NOT!
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Expect anything from NY jockey colony. Handicapping is virtually impossible .the place is run by groups of siblings and friends and family. 2 Ortiz brothers and I've heard Franco is a cousin and lives with them and that one of them is married to or dates another jocks sister. And now there are 3 Davies siblings .Then there's the agent Cordero couple of Velasquez and Ap Cancel. The real problem is no one is watching or cares.
genewashington1 More than 1 year ago
Ortiz brothers exacta. The right way. The races at Penn Nat were against nothing.
Steve Appel More than 1 year ago
She went 2/5 faster than Favorite Tale (3rd BC sprint) ran 6f. 30 minutes later
mark More than 1 year ago
kazmais is such a no class baby the horse wouldve lost worse if he gunned him harder wanted a ny jockey right what an a whole