Thorn Song (2003-2014)

COALINGA, CA (August 4, 2014)-Harris Farms is saddened to announce the passing  of Thorn Song (2003, by Unbridled’s Song, out of Festal by Storm Bird) due to complications of severe laminitis while at Alamo Pintado Veterinary Clinic in Santa Ynez.

Bred in Kentucky by Pinnacle Racing LLC and Taylor Made Farm Inc., Thorn Song won eight of 29 starts including the Shadwell Turf Mile S.-G1 and the Shoemaker Mile S.-G1, and earned $1,132,700. Racing for Zayat Stables from 2005-2009, the big gray was trained by Dale Romans and Mike Mitchell.

Thorn Song sustained a career ending injury in July of 2009 and spent the next year and a half recovering at Alamo Pintado Veterinary Clinic. Under the care of Dr. Doug Herthel, Dr. Erin Byrne and Dr. Ian Campbell and the staff at Alamo Pintado, Thorn Song underwent extensive stem cell therapy to treat his hoof issues.

Thorn Song entered stud in 2011 at Harris Farms as property of the farm. He is represented by 29 current two-year-olds in his first crop. Thorn Song has 41 yearlings, he covered 57 mares in 2013 and bred 11 mares in an abbreviated breeding season this year.

John C. Harris, owner of Harris Farms commented, “He was an inspiration to all involved with him. Although he had serious issues, his demeanor, personality, and spirit overcame them gallantly. Although his first crops are just now getting to the races, I have very high hopes for them and he will leave a great legacy.”

For further information contact Dave McGlothlin at Harris Farms 800-311-6211,,