Zayat Stables’ High Again, winner of the 2007 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, died the morning of Dec. 13 while working at Payson Park Training Center in South Florida.
Sobhy Sonbol, vice president and racing manager for Zayat Stables, said the 3-year-old filly was prepping for her return to the races and a trip to California when she died of an apparent heart attack. A post-mortem exam will be performed, he said.
High Again was to ship to California Dec. 19 to prepare for the Dec. 29 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park. The filly last raced in early August in the Darley Test Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
“She was doing so well,” Sonbol said. “We were getting ready to ship her to California, and had David Flores lined up to ride her. She was a very crafty filly, and our barn favorite.”
High Again, trained by Bill Mott, had three wins, two seconds, and two thirds in 12 starts for earnings of $270,546. This year, she also finished second in the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream and third in the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs and Iowa Oaks (gr. III) at Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino.
High Again, by High Yield out of the Olympio mare Miss Belle O, was bred in Kentucky by Four Quarters Corp.