Native Diver Stakes odds, pick and preview

Seven horses will head down to post for the 2023 Native Diver Stakes. Phil D’Amato has been one of Del Mar’s most successful trainers this year and will be hoping to land another graded prize with Newgrange. 


Lightly raced, he will be making just his fourth start of the season and will be looking to land a first graded contest since winning the 2023 San Pasquel Stakes. 

Native Diver Stakes

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

Del Mar’s final graded contest of the year is the Native Diver Stakes. A tight betting heat awaits with Newgrange bidding to land his second graded contest of the year.

It’s been an up and down year for the Phil D’Amato trained runner who started 2023 with a bang, winning the 2023 San Pasquel Stakes. 

Pitched into the 2023 Santa Anita Handicap, he found the pace too strong and ended up finishing well down the field. 

Looking to bounce back and land a third graded prize of his career, he is bound to be a popular selection. 

Hoping to inflict another blow on Newgrange will be Mr Fisk. Trained by Bob Baffert, he arrives at this race fresh off the back of winning the 2023 Shared Belief Stakes and he will be looking to score the biggest race of his career here. 

Once pitched as a Kentucky Derby contender, Skinner hasn’t quite lived up to the hype and has only won one of his nine career starts. Having found races like the 2023 Pacific Creek Stakes and 2023 Santa Anita Derby tough, his connections will hope a return to this level will produce a big performance and with it a first career graded prize.

The most experienced horse in the line up is Visitant. Lightly raced this year, he will be looking to win his first race since the 2023 Forego Stakes. Without a victory in his last three starts, he is likely to start as the value angle of the race. 

Completing the line up for this year’s Native Diver are Arrowthegreat, Celestial Moon and Kiss Today Goodbye.

Of the three it could be worth taking a second look at Arrowthegreat.

Bred out of the legendary Arrogate, he has won his last two starts at Allowance level and will be competing in his first ever graded contest. Whilst he has form to find, a step up to this trip could unlock further improvement.

2023 Native Diver Stakes Odds & Racing Prediction

A fascinating race lies in prospect with several horses in with a real chance of victory. Whilst Newgrange’s previous exploits have to be respected, Mr Fisk arrives off the back of a good win in the 2023 Shared Belief Stakes and should be more than capable of landing a first graded prize. 

HorseJockeyHorse Racing Odds from JazzSports
VisitantFlavien Prat+400
ArrowthegreatVictor Espinoza+600
Celestial MoonAntonio Fresu+1000
Kiss Today GoodbyeKyle Frey+800
NewgrangeEdwin Maldonado+250
SkinnerMike Smith+400
Mr FiskJuan Hernandez+300

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