2023 Native Diver Stakes: Mr Fisk first graded win

Mr Fisk backed up his victory in the 2023 Shared Belief Stakes as he produced a stunning finish to land the 2023 Native Diver Stakes.

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Trained by Bob Baffert, this was a first career graded prize for this improving three-year-old and this victory sets him up nicely for some bigger races to come.

Native Diver Stakes

Grade 3, 1 mile and an eighth, Dirt, open to horses aged three and over. Total prize pool: $100,000

  1. Mr Fisk +300
  2. Skinner +400
  3. Newgrange +250

Winning time: 1:49.69

Mr Fisk produced a strong finish as he powered to victory in this year’s Native Diver Stakes. Under a brilliant ride from Juan Hernandez, Hernandez was happy to sit just off the pace and made his move as they approached the home turn.

Looking to take advantage of his early speed, Arrowthegreat led the field through the early stages of the contest but found himself quickly swarmed by the three race principles, Newgrange, Skinner and Mr Fisk.

With a thrilling finish in store, Newgrange was the first to crack, which left Skinner and Mr Fisk to battle it out for the honors.

2023 Native Diver Stakes Race Video

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Holding a slim lead as they approached the final furlong, Skinner and Mike Smith tried to dig deep, but it was clear that as the race entered its closing stages it was Mr Fisk who was travelling much the best.

As the line approached, it was Mr Fisk who hit the front when it mattered most as he went onto win the Native Diver by just over a length.

2023 Native Diver Stakes Race Payouts

PositionHorseWinPlaceShow
1Mr Fisk$8.40$3.60$2.80
2Skinner $2.60$2.20
3Newgrange  $2.80

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