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Industry Profile: Legendary Australian race horse, Phar Lap

Phar Lap movieMaybe you’ve seen the movie…

The story of Phar Lap has all the drama of a soap opera, a murder mystery and an episode of The Sopranos, all rolled into one. Let’s start with this horse and his accomplishments.

Phar Lap was a champion racehorse who was foaled in New Zealand in 1926 and mostly raced in Australia. He dominated Australian racing, winning major races such as The Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates, The Futurity Stakes and an AJC Derby. In the final race of his career, he won the Agua Caliente Stakes in Mexico and broke the track record while doing so. He was victorious in 37 of 51 races and captured the hearts of depression era people who longed for some hope and sunshine.

 

Source: The dramatic life and times of legendary Australian race horse, Phar Lap