08/12/2009 11:00PM

Thorn Song thwarted by foot woes


DEL MAR, Calif. - Thorn Song, the winner of the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in May, has been sidelined by severe abscesses in his front feet and is no longer considered a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, trainer Mike Mitchell said.

Mitchell said that Thorn Song was sent earlier this month to the Alamo Pintado Equine Clinic in Los Olivos, Calif., for observation because of the abscesses.

"He couldn't put any weight on it," Mitchell said. "He was so uncomfortable I sent him up there. It was a nasty abscess."

Asked about the possibility of having Thorn Song ready for the Breeders' Cup Mile, Mitchell said, "I don't think so. It's a small chance."

Owned by Zayat Stables, Thorn Song has not started since being pulled up on the first turn of the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf on July 25. Thorn Song was leading the field when he bolted to the outside turn, essentially quitting the race. He has been out of training since that race.

Thorn Song, 6, has won 8 of 29 starts and $1,132,300. He was trained by Dale Romans in Kentucky until mid-July when he was transferred to Mitchell's stable.

Colonel John to Pacific Classic

Colonel John, fresh from a convincing win in the Wickerr Stakes on turf on July 31, is bound for the $1 million Pacific Classic on the main track here on Sept. 6, trainer Eoin Harty said.

There was some speculation after the Wickerr that Colonel John could stay on turf for a race such as the $300,000 Del Mar Mile on Aug. 29, but Harty said on Thursday that he is leaning toward the Pacific Classic.

"We don't have to ship," Harty said. "He likes it here and he is training here."

Owned by WinStar Farm, Colonel John ended a seven-month layoff in the Wickerr. He was fourth in the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita last December, but was sidelined with illness during late winter.

One factor contributing to the decision to point for the Pacific Classic is the absence of the Harty-trained Well Armed, who won the $6 million Dubai World Cup in March. Well Armed finished last of eight in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap on Aug. 2, his first start since Dubai. He was diagnosed with a bone chip in an ankle a few days after that loss and has since undergone surgery.

"The reports are favorable," Harty said of Well Armed. "I would predict he could be back in training by the end of the year."

The Pacific Classic, which is run over 1 1/4 miles and is the richest race of the meeting, is expected to include Rail Trip, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup last month, and Informed, who won the San Diego Handicap. Other possible starters are Awesome Gem, Einstein, Global Hunter, Song of Navarone, and Tres Borrachos.

Abrams loaded for Solana Beach

Trainer Barry Abrams may have as many as five starters in the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap for statebred females on turf on Aug. 23 - Bel Air Sizzle, Flashover, Golden Doc A, Hot n' Dusty, and Lethal Heat.

Hot n' Dusty and Flashover finished one-two in an optional claimer over a mile on turf on Wednesday. The race was worth $86,800 because Hot n' Dusty and Flashover earned bonuses for being statebreds running against open company.

Abrams said some of those females could start in the $200,000 Palomar Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on turf on Sept. 9, depending on how they run in the Solana Beach.

Half to Georgie Boy making debut

Miss Georgie Girl, a half-sister to the Grade 1 winner Georgie Boy, will make her career debut in a six-furlong maiden race for statebred 2-year-old fillies on Saturday. Trainer Kathy Walsh said the filly may need a start or two to be at her best - just like her older half-brother.

"She's not going to be a real early filly," Walsh said. "She'll need a little experience. She'll run all right. She won't disgrace us or anything."

Georgie Boy lost his first two starts before winning the Graduation Stakes at this meeting in 2007.

Miss Georgie Girl is part of a field of 10. She must beat La Nez, who was second in the CTBA Stakes here on July 24 for trainer Eric Kruljac, and the well-regarded Excellent News. Trained by Bob Baffert, Excellent News was purchased for $250,000 at a 2-year-olds in training sale in Florida in February. By Rahy, Excellent News has worked quickly this month.

Georgie Boy has not started since winning the sixth stakes of his career in the Grade 2 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita in February. He was plagued by foot problems during the spring. Walsh said Georgie Boy is nearing his first workout since the spring. She has the $100,000