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Phar Lap arrives in America...

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January 16, 1932

THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 16, 1932

* Phar Lap arrives in America
* Thoroughbred horse racing

This 34 page newspaper has one column headlines on page 21 that include: "PHAR LAP ARRIVES FOR $50,000 RACE", "San Francisco Throng Greets Australia's Entry in Agua Caliente Handicap" and more. See photos for text here.

Other news, sports and advertisements of the day throughout. Minor spine wear, otherwise in good 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.

Category: The 20th Century