C R Ok Steady’s Midcourt, the defending champion in Saturday’s $100,000 Native Diver Stakes, looms because the one to catch and the one to beat within the forty second version of the nine-panel headliner that honors one in all California’s all-time nice racehorses.
The Grade 3 stakes has drawn a brief subject of 5 and can be offered early on the nine-race Del Mar program – Race 2 to be actual. With the common 12:30 first publish in place, the stakes ought to go off shortly after 1 p.m.
Native Diver was the primary California-bred to win $1 million in purses as he raced a exceptional 81 occasions between 1961 and 1967. The near-black speedster by Imbros out of the Satan Diver mare Fleet Diver – so well-liked and so ubiquitous that he earned the nicknames “The Diver,” “The California Comet” and “The Black Horse” — received an equally exceptional 37 races together with a trio of native victories within the San Diego Handicap and a tally within the Del Mar Handicap on Sept. 4, 1967 that was the ultimate begin of his distinctive profession.
Midcourt, a gelded 5-year-old by Midnight Lute, has received 5 of his 14 begins, together with his 5 3/4 size triumph in final 12 months’s Native Diver. The John Shirreffs-trained runner – a winner of $546,695 in purses — has been dealt with by Victor Espinoza in most of his profession begins and may have the Corridor of Fame rider within the tack once more Saturday. He is been working very competitively with Grade 1 horses of late and is listed as a strong 4/5 favourite on the Native Diver morning line.
Here is the lineup for the Saturday characteristic from the rail out with riders and morning line odds:
Hronis Racing’s Combatant (Umberto Rispoli, 8-1); Don Alberto Steady’s Stellar Sound (Tyler Baze, 6-1); Fox Hill Farms or Siena Farms’ Royal Ship (Mike Smith, 4-1); Midcourt, and Jay Em Ess Steady’s Further Hope (Juan Hernandez, 3-1).
Combatant has a notable bankroll – all $1,049,498 of it. The 5-year-old ridgling by the late sire Scat Daddy has a declare to fame in capturing this 12 months’s version of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap again in March, one in all his 4 wins (to go together with 5 seconds and 5 thirds) in 28 complete begins. John Sadler trains Combatant.
Further Hope chased house Midcourt in final 12 months’s Native Diver. The now 4-year-old homebred colt by Shanghai Bobby is a winner of three of 13 outings and has banked $234,831. He is skilled by Corridor of Fame conditioner Richard Mandella.
The primary 36 runnings of the Native Diver have been held on the now defunct Hollywood Park in Inglewood close to Los Angeles Worldwide Airport. Upon his demise, Native Diver was buried on the Hollywood Park grounds. However when the monitor was closed (and remade into what’s now SoFi Stadium the place the L.A. Rams and the L. A. Chargers play skilled soccer), the horse’s stays have been dug up and shifted to Del Mar the place they have been reinterred in its infield.
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