Legendary racehorse to get new resting place

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The legendary racehorse Native Diver is being exhumed from the former Hollywood Park racetrack and will be moved to a new resting place in Southern California.

Richard Shapiro, grandson of Native Diver's owner, tells the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/1h74WKb ) that he couldn't bear the thought of the thoroughbred remaining as Hollywood Park is torn down and replaced by a shopping complex.

Shapiro enlisted help from University of Southern California archaeologists who are used to excavating ancient sites.

As the skeleton was slowly revealed during a weekend dig, professor Tom Garrison remarked that it appeared as if the horse was running.

Native Diver's remains will be taken to Del Mar racetrack and stored there until a new burial site is prepared.

The gelding won 34 stakes races in the 1960s.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com