They're digging up dead racehorses over at Inglewood's Hollywood Park Racetrack, which closed at the end of last year so it can be bulldozed and replaced with a huge multi-use development. There are apparently a few great racehorses buried at the track; Native Diver was a black colt who won 34 stakes and still co-holds the record most Hollywood Gold Cup wins, according to the LA Times. He died in 1967, at the age of eight, from colic, and was buried at Hollywood Park beneath an enormous monument by prolific/fantastic Southern California artist/designer Millard Sheets. Richard Shapiro, whose grandfather owned Native Diver, says "You couldn't leave a horse like this beneath a real estate development," so he called in some USC archaeologists (and their students) and yesterday they got to digging. The remains and the monument will be moved to Del Mar racetrack in San Diego.
According to Blood-Horse, there are two other horses set to be moved from their graves at Hollywood Park: undefeated filly Landaluce will go to her birthplace, Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, and Great Communicator is being claimed by his trainer, who hopes to move him to Santa Anita Park or Del Mar.
· A legendary racehorse will get a new resting place [LAT]
· Massive Hollywood Park Redevelopment Finally Beginning [Curbed LA]