Enough Talk made a strong statement in his return to the racetrack on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The 2008 Older Trotter of the Year crushed the field in the $32,000 invitational trot in his first start off an eight-month layoff, scoring in 1:52.2.
With regular pilot Ron Pierce at the lines, Enough Talk sat a pocket trip behind Green Day, angled out on the final turn and drew off to a 4 1-2-length tally. The 7-year-old gelding surpassed $1,181,251 in earnings with the victory, his 28th in 71 career starts.
After an award-winning season that included the fastest trotting mile of all time (1:49.3 at Colonial Downs), Enough Talk made just nine starts in 2009. His season ended with a disappointing performance in the Maple Leaf Trot on July 18.
“He’s had some chronic issues that we’ve tried to baby,” said his owner-trainer Peter Kleinhans. "They’re still around, but hopefully they’re under control. If he can stay as sound as he was tonight, I think he’ll have a good year.”
Kleinhans will aim Enough Talk toward the Su Mac Lad Series, the Meadowlands’ first stakes race of the season for free-for-all trotters, which begins Friday, April 2. Racing fans can look forward to an exciting match-up as Enough Talk takes on 2009 Older Trotter of the Year Lucky Jim in the series.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge,” Kleinhans said. “Last year, Enough Talk never really got to show his best race against Lucky Jim. Hopefully he’ll have that opportunity this year.” (Meadowlands)