Crews Successfully Unearth Native Diver Remains at Hollywood Park
Crews working at Hollywood Park have discovered the grave of Native Diver, the California-bred winner of three Hollywood Gold Cups who is buried near the track’s walking ring.
After Hollywood closed and construction plans began to move forward for the land, officials decided to move Native Diver’s remains to Del Mar. Experts and witnesses to Native Diver’s burial had expressed doubt as to how easily his bones could be located, and whether it would be possible to exhume many at all without careful work by an archaeologist.
Daily Racing Form reported that work began on the grave on Thursday. Approximately eight feet down underneath the monument, crews using a backhoe found a bone fragment. Proceeding with their hands, they then discovered four ribs. Work has halted now that the grave has been located, and a plan is in place to remove the horse as carefully as possible, according to Richard Shapiro. Shapiro is the grandson of L.K. Shapiro, original owner of Native Diver.
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