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.