President and chief executive officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Joe Harper, confirmed on Dec. 18 that the remains of the great Native Diver and his 20-foot-long monument are being moved to Del Mar in the coming weeks. In an interview on TVG, Harper explains that Native Diver has rested in Betfair Hollywood Park since his burial. However, with the closing of Hollywood Park, the monument and Native Diver’s remains must be relocated.
Harper talked about Native Diver and how he “was one of our favorites down here. He notes that Native Diver won the San Diego Handicap three times. According to Harper, the 237 acre racecourse site will be developed for residential and commercial use.
The monument was designed and painted by artist Millard Sheets. When given the opportunity to accept the monument for Del Mar, Harper said he "jumped at the chance."
The final location for the monument has not as yet been selected. Harper wishes to place it where the maximum number of people will be able to view it.
Native Diver won 37 of 81 starts. He was the first California-bred millionaire horse.
Native Diver's legacy is important to California racing. Says Harper in his interview:
He was the kind of horse that was a marketer's dream. Usually when you had a great horse back then, they'd go east. But he stayed in California.
There are several other sculptures and graves in Betfair Hollywood Park that will be relocated as well.
Source: Bleacher Report
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