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Phar Lap to race in Aqua Caliente Handicap...



Item # 585424

January 17, 1932

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 17, 1932

* Phar Lap arrives in the U.S.
* To race in the Agua Caliente Handicap
* Thoroughbred horse racing to be record broken


This 100+ page Sunday newspaper has small one column headings on page s-6 (inside, near back): "PHAR LAP'S WORKOUT LIMITED TO A WALK" and "Australia's Great Gelding Will Not Run Until He Has Regained 'land Legs'". See photo for brief text.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Rag edition in nice condition.

wikipedia notes: In his four years of racing, Phar Lap won 37 of the 51 races in which he was entered, including the prestigious Melbourne Cup in 1930. In that year and 1931, he won 14 races in a row. From his win as a 3 year old in the VRC St. Leger Stakes until his final race in Mexico, Phar Lap won 32 of 35 races. In the three races which he did not win, he ran 2nd on two occasions, beaten by a short head and a neck, and in the 1931 Melbourne Cup he finished 8th when carrying 10 st 10 lb (68 kg).

In 1930, someone (alleged to have been a bookmaker losing vast amounts of money) tried to shoot the horse.

For his final race in 1932, Phar Lap's owner shipped him by boat to a racetrack near Tijuana, Mexico, to compete in the Agua Caliente Handicap, which was offering the largest purse ever raced for in North America. Phar Lap won in track-record time while carrying 129 pounds (58.5 kg). From there, the horse was sent to a private ranch near Menlo Park, California, while his owner negotiated with racetrack officials for special race appearances.

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