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California stallion High Brite put down aged 26

CALIFORNIA stallion High Brite, sire of Saturday's Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap contender Enriched, was put down on July 17 due to the infirmities of old age. He was 26.

The son of Best Turn has been buried near his paddock at Harris Farms in California, near Cutlass Reality, Flying Continental and Moscow Ballet.

High Brite won 15 of his 45 starts, including at Grade 2 level, and moved to Harris Farms in 1998 having entered stud at Walmac Farm in Kentucky.

His progeny, including Mexican champion Pensivita and Californian champion Super High, have earned more than $33 million in prize-money.

He is also damsire of Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap winner Elite Squadron.

Enriched, trained by DougO'Neill, earned a crack at the Eddie Read Handicap after winning an allowance race at Hollywood Park by nearly ten lengths from Oil Man in May.

Harris Farms owner John Harris said: "High Brite was a wonderful stallion for us and California for many years.

"His progeny were sound with good dispositions, always tried hard, and had the ability to compete at the top level. He got 15 of 16 mares in foal this year and will be in the stallion standings for a long time here."






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