California Stallion High Brite Euthanized

26-year-old stallion sired the earners of more than $33 million.

High Brite, the sire of 33 stakes winners, was euthanized July 17 at John Harris’ Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif., due to the infirmities of age. The 26-year-old horse was buried adjacent to his paddock at the farm, near Moscow Ballet, Flying Continental, and Cutlass Reality.

A grade II winner who won 15 of 45 starts and earned $1,150,519, High Brite entered stud at Walmac Farm near Lexington. He previously stood at John Zamora’s JZ Stock Farm before moving to Harris Farms for the 1998 breeding season.

High Brite sired the earners of more than $33 million, including Mexican champion Pensitiva and California champion Super High. Among his 2010 progeny on the track are multiple stakes-placed runners Live Sundays and Enriched.

"High Brite was a wonderful stallion for us and California for many years," John Harris said in a statement. "His progeny were sound with good dispositions, always tried hard, and had the ability to compete at top levels. He got 15 of 16 mares in foal this year and will be in the stallion standings for a long time here."