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Phar Lap Australian horse racing loss....

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November 04, 1931

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 4, 1931

* Phar Lap - Thoroughbred racehorse
* Melbourne Cup horse racing upset loss

This 44 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 34 that include: "PHAR LAP UNPLACED IN MELBOURNE CUP",
"Favorite Finds Burden of 150 Pounds Too Much Over Route of Two Miles"
and more. This tells of Phar Lap's upset loss at the Melbourne Cup which many thought was because he was too heavy to race the full 2 miles.

Other news of the day throughout. Nice condition.

wikipedia notes: Phar Lap (1926–1932) was a champion Thoroughbred racehorse whose achievements captured the public's imagination during the early years of the Great Depression. Foaled in New Zealand, he was trained and raced in Australia. Phar Lap dominated Australian racing during a distinguished career, winning a Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates and 19 other weight for age races. He then won the Agua Caliente Handicap in Tijuana, Mexico in track-record time in his final race. After a sudden and mysterious illness, Phar Lap died in 1932. At the time, he was the third highest stakes-winner in the world.

His mounted hide is displayed at the Melbourne Museum, his skeleton at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and his heart at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.

Category: The 20th Century