Hall of Fame, Horses

Native Diver
Brown gelding foaled in 1959. Died in 1967. By Imbros-Fleet Diver, by Devil Diver

Inducted:1978
Breeder:Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Shapiro
Owner:Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Shapiro
Trainer:Buster Millerick

Race History
YearAgeStartsFirstSecondThirdEarned
196125301$17,400
1962311601$68,225
1963415531$108,125
1964515604$127,250
1965610711$241,650
1966712411$205,750
1967813623$258,100
 Totals:8137712$1,026,500

Native Diver winning his first Hollywood Gold Cup, J. Lambert up
©Stidham and Assoc.

In a career that spanned 1961 to 1967, Native Diver demonstrated his versatility in races ranging from 6 furlongs to 1 1/4 miles. Native Diver was a star on the West Coast where he won Hollywood Gold Cup for three consecutive years.

Native Diver set track records at 6 and at 8 1/2 furlongs and equaled the world record for 7 furlongs. At 6 he won his first Hollywood Gold Cup. He also raced to victory in the Los Angeles, San Carlos, and American Handicaps. At 7 Native Diver won a second Hollywood Gold Cup, a third Inglewood Handicap, and won the San Pasqual.

In his final and most financially successful season Native Diver repeated his victories in the Hollywood Gold Cup, and the Los Angeles, and San Carlos Handicaps. Native Diver retired with earnings of $1,026,500, making him the sport's seventh millionaire.

Native Diver was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1978.

Native Diver wins the 1966 San Pasqual
©Santa Anita Photo

 


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