Enough Talk\'s supplemental Am-Nat start to be last race of year
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Trainer and co-owner Peter Kleinhans has told harnessracing.com that Enough Talk—who recently became the first trotter to break the 1:50 barrier—will be a $16,000 supplement to Saturday’s $190,000 American National for older trotters at Balmoral Park. The start will be the final appearance of the year for the 5-year-old son of Enjoy Lavec who is in the shadow of reaching the $1-million mark in career earnings.
“After the race then he’s done for the year,” said Kleinhans, who shares ownership of Enough Talk with Jerry Silva, who purchased an interest in the trotter in July. “He’ll be off for about a month and a half and then be ready to race at the end of March or early April.”
Enough Talk’s American National start will be his 24th of the year, including four overseas attempts that included the May 25 Elitlopp in Sweden in which he finished second in his elimination and then third in the final. His career earnings currently stand at $998,091, just $1,909 from reaching the $1-million mark.
“He’s just an amazing horse; an iron horse,” said Kleinhans. “Just the fact that he was able to stay sound and keep going and finish the year as strong as he started it after going to Europe, it’s pretty amazing. Especially after hearing from people that going to the Elitlopp would be the end of his season.”
Enough Talk’s year began inauspiciously in early February when he finished ninth in a conditioned trot at the Meadowlands. He won his next start in the same class and then later captured legs of the Classic Series and Su Mac Lad before heading to Europe. Following his Elitlopp starts he finished second in the Copenhagen Cup in Denmark and then ninth in the Forus Open in Norway before returning to Kleinhans’s farm in Flemington, N.J., where he will be turned out this winter.
After returning stateside, Enough Talk’s starts include a fourth-place finish in the Breeders Crown and a second-place finish in the Maple Leaf Trot. On Oct. 11 at Colonial Downs Enough Talk became the fastest trotter in history when he captured the $100,000 Patriot Invitational in 1:49.3. He then followed that historic effort up Oct. 25 with an easy victory in the $100,000 Oleg Cassini Memorial Invitational at Yonkers.
Kleinhans admits Enough Talk’s 2008 resume—23-7-5-4 and $740,665 in earnings—will be enough to earn him Older Trotter of the Year honors. “It’d be great. It will be an interesting voting thing between Enough Talk, Corleone Kosmos and Arch Madness, they all have things going for them,” he said.
As for Enough Talk’s 2009 campaign, Kleinhans said he plans on keeping the same race schedule as this year, including a trip back across the Atlantic Ocean.
“Next year I will pay into the same stuff and I am hoping they will want him back in Sweden because I’d love to go again,” said Kleinhans. “He went last year and did well.”