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February 22, 1931

THE NEW YORK TIMES, February 22, 1931

* Phar Lap - Thoroughbred racehorse
* 1st mention in this famous NYC title

This is a rather historic issue for any horse racing collectors, as this is the very first mention of the famous Australian racehorse "Phar Lap" in the prestigious New York Times newspaper.

This 100+ page Sunday issue has a two column heading on the front page of the sport's section: "Phar Lap Wins Caulfield Stakes in Sidney, Bringing Total Turf Earnings to $250,000". 1st report coverage on famous Australian race horse, Phar Lap, winning the "Caulfield Futurity Stakes" in Sidney, Australia.

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