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Has Enough Talk had enough?

June 22, 2011

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Two-time Dan Patch champion Enough Talk is a career winner of $1.8 million and has a mark of 1:49.3 and has overcome a variety of health and soundness issues in his long career. But now at the age of eight and with a slow start on the season – just one second in five starts – trainer and co-owner Peter Kleinhans is perplexed and frustrated.

“Well, I am running out of excuses,” Kleinhans told harnessracing.com. “His first race this year seemed good, his second race was terrible, his third race was OK, and his fourth and fifth races were terrible and worse than terrible. So I don’t know what’s going on. He was a little tied up in his last race, but I don’t think that justifies it. Maybe he’s just getting old and has lost a step. This week he is definitely going to race from behind, which I couldn’t do when I drove him last week.”

Kleinhans is hoping the change in strategy will help bring Enough Talk back to his old form.

“I’m hoping maybe he can braven back up by racing from behind a start or two but it’s anyone’s guess,” he said. “We just want to see him finish with trot. It’s a six-horse race and if he’s last at the top of the stretch but gains any ground, I’ll be happy.”

Despite his sub-par efforts on the track, Kleinhans said that Enough Talk is in good physical condition.

“He is unbelievably sound right now, that’s why it’s hard to know what to do; he looks and feels so great - a hundred percent - but he isn’t racing that way. That’s what is so frustrating about it. Maybe he is just over the hill.”

Enough Talk’s future could go either way, Kleinhans said.

“It will be a week to week thing. I don’t know what will happen if he can’t compete at these levels. I would never cheapen him, so we may just have to retire him.” (harnessracing.com)

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