Tendon damage means retirement for Gin Talking

March 24, 2001|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Gin Talking, the reigning Maryland-bred Horse of the Year, was retired yesterday because of tendon damage in her left foreleg.

Robin Graham, her trainer at Laurel Park, said an ultrasound scan revealed the damage after she noticed "different" swelling in a troublesome tendon.

"The vet said this was something that might be OK," said Lou Rehak, who owns the filly with Willie White and Bob Orndorff as Skeedattle Associates. "But we just decided to retire her. She's been way too good to us to take a chance of hurting her."

The 4-year-old daughter of Allen's Prospect and Chattin, Gin Talking won seven of 11 races and earned $348,206. She won three straight stakes last year, the last against males.

She will travel Tuesday to Lane's End Farm in Kentucky to be bred to the top sire Dixieland Band, Rehak said.

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