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Hollywood Park

Legendary Racehorses Exhumed

From Trackside Graves

3/11/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Forget beating a dead horse, they're EXHUMING them at the Hollywood Park race track ... in an effort to relocate the expired animals before the track is torn down. 

One of the horses being dug up is Native Diver ... a former champion who won over $1 million in his career before he died in 1967. He was buried beside the track in a grave marked with a special monument.  

But now that Hollywood Park is closed for good, Native Diver's former owner says he doesn't want to see the horse buried under the real estate development that's set to replace the track. 

So, he went to USC and asked the archaeology department to help excavate the horse ... which will be moved to Del Mar race track in San Diego before he's placed in a permanent resting spot.

The students who are assisting on the dig have already unearthed Native Diver. According to reports, there are two more horses set for excavation.   

Ya dig?

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1.

Champagne Jayne    

Hits Harvey with my purse for showing us such a terrible photo.

194 days ago
2.

marbles    

Didn't need to see this.

194 days ago
3.

DEEMANN    

Pretty ****ty to see

194 days ago
4.

The world is disgusting    

Very shameful to show the picture, this horse meant something to it's owner and should be treated such as. Would you show your mother's pic after excavating her, Harvey? On the other hand, I am glad the owner cared so deeply for his horse, most people should do the same.

194 days ago
5.

BLUE UGLY 💩    

Off to the glue factory we go

194 days ago
6.

Lina    

I don't think these photos are awful for the owners. People in the horse racing business know the realities of it, and should hardly balk at the site of a skeletal horse. They made a lot of money off of these poor animals. They already know it is dead, did not even bother to inter the horse in a box or shroud, and it doesn't show anything gruesome, like flesh that met a violent end.

It would be nice if, before reburial, the USC archaeology did plaster casts or something of the bones, so that a display of these animals could be made, perhaps in a reputable museum, much as they do with dinosaurs skeletons. They could be posed in a racing stance, and an explanation on their form and how it benefited them in their races can accompany them.

194 days ago
7.

Dead@27    

A restaurant in Montreal offers a Duck & Horsemeat dinner. They call it "Quack & Track".

194 days ago
8.

Kelly    

Is anyone aware that TMZ is not loading?

194 days ago
9.

Kelly    

Why is the TMZ front page loading in a frame at the bottom of this post?

194 days ago
10.

Ace    

At least the horsey died happy, still has a smile on his face.

194 days ago
11.

go home!    

SHE'S NOT EVEN WEARING GLOVES!!!! GOOD GOD!

194 days ago
12.

tucker    

How about a little respect for such noble champions?

194 days ago
13.

Chris    

I lost money on that horse, thanks for reminding me.

194 days ago
14.

Jess    

I believe the horses name is "native dancer"

194 days ago
15.

℧ Never kick a cow patty on a hot day ℧    

I would rather be moved to a proper cemetery
than be buried under a parking lot.

194 days ago
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