Ehrenberg scores Billings upset with Vals Empress at Pompano
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David Ehrenberg, II, a landscape/construction business owner from Westerville, Ohio, upset the field with 15-1 long shot Vals Empress ($33.80) in winning the CKG Billings Amateur Trot leg at the Isle Pompano Park Saturday.
Vals Empress led from start to finish in the $6,000 third race, winning by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.2. It was Ehrenberg’s first victory in the series this year and the first time he has ever driven at the Isle Pompano Park. He has been competing in the series for four years. Single Spice (Scott Woogen) was second with Striking Osborne (Laurie Poulin) third.
It was a lifetime mark for Vals Empress, a five-year-old mare by CR Renegade. She was the only mare in the field. Trained by Peggy Faurot, Vals Empress was recently purchased and was making her Isle Pompano Park debut Saturday for owner Clay Faurot, Sr. of Pompano Beach.
I Can Only Imagine ($5.00) showed true grit and raw speed as he went first over from before the half mile pole and was able to not only collar pacesetter Armbro Dynamic (Wally Hennessey) and put him away down the stretch but then hold off Mahdi (Joe Pavia, Jr.) to win the $16,000 Open Pace in 1:51.3. Sugar’s Pride (Dan Clements) was third.
Driven by Bruce Ranger, I Can Only Imagine won by one length and it was his ninth win this year. Trained by Tom Harmer and owned by Michael Polansky of Loudonville, NY, I Can Only Imagine is a six-year-old stallion by Cole Muffler.
The fastest mile of the night was scored by Monet CC ($9.80) and trainer/driver Joe Pavia, Jr. The came first over in the backstretch against pacesetter and race favorite, He Wants It All (Bruce Ranger) and was able to wear the lead down in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1. ML’s Boy (Anthony Napolitano) was third.
It was a lifetime mark for Monet CC and the ninth win this year for the five-year-old stallion by Artist Stena. Maurice Minman and Robert Gianquitti own Monet CC. (Pompano)