The Shadwell was the first victory at the top level for Thorn Song, whose
previous major scores occurred over the Matt Winn turf course at Churchill Downs
in the 2008 Firecracker H. (G2) and 2007 River City H. (G3). Thorn Song's
post-Shadwell form left much to be desired, however, as he faded to ninth after
setting the pace in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) at Santa Anita, then ran an
uncharacteristic eighth in defense of his River City title.