Hall of Fame, Horses

Devil Diver
Bay colt foaled in 1939. Died in 1961. By St. Germans-Dabchick, by Royal Minstrel

Breeder:Greentree Stable
Owner:Greentree Stable
Trainer:John M. Gaver, Sr.

Race History

©N.Y.R.A.\Bert Clark Thayer

A leading juvenile, Devil Diver overcame a foot defect to become Champion Handicapper at five. With an excellent sprint and considerable staying power, Devil Diver won the major New York handicap races easily.

At 2 Devil Diver won the Hopeful Stakes, Breeders' Futurity, and the Sanford Stakes. The bay colt's most important victory at 3 was the Phoenix Handicap. At 4 Devil Diver won the Toboggan, Brooklyn, and Metropolitan Handicaps and was named Champion Handicapper. He was Champion again at 5 after carrying 134 pounds to victory in the Toboggan and Metropolitan and 136 to win the American Legion Handicap. He also won the Whitney and the Wilson Stakes.

At 6 Devil Diver won the Paumonok and Suburban under 132 pounds, giving Stymie 13 pounds in the latter. Devil Diver also won the Metropolitan again with 129 pounds.

At stud Devil Diver sired 18 stakes winners, as well as the dams of millionaire Native Diver and champion Amber Diver.

Devil Diver was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1980.

Devil Diver winning the 1943 Metropolitan Handicap
©Mike Sirico

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