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Phar Lap

Status:
Deceased
Owner(s):
Trainer:
Bred:
(NZ) by Alick Roberts  - 
Pedigree:
Night Raid  -  Entreaty  by  Winkie
Rating:
 
250 Phar Lap
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The great horse's saddle which was made of Kangaroo and lizard was given to the great jockey George Woolf by Australian Billy Elliott the jockey in his Phar Lap's only North American start, the Agua Caliente Handicap. Elliott presented it to Woolf as a token of their friendship and told Woolf it would be a lucky saddle. It would be used on many great horses including Whirlaway. Sadly on the day Woolf died, he was in hurry and didn't take his lucky saddle. Instead he reached for the first saddle available because he didn't want to ride the horse anyway. Leaning into the first turn, Woolf's horse stumbled and he was catapulted off and was struck by a hoof and died. Some say his extreme dieting and diabetes caused him to pass out. But according to Horace Wade in a Turf and Sport Digest of February 1947, this saddle was considered Woolf's lucky talisman, but that day it sat on the saddle rack in the jockey's room.
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  • Mike in SB · Thanks Buckpasser, wow $125k for a saddle, pretty historic one for sure. · 143 days ago
  • buckpasser · Mike in SB. Actually the saddle sold for less than the estimate of $250k to $300k. Supposedly there was interest in Australia for buying the saddle. But I gather that they did not win it. At the same auction, Lauren Hillenbrand who wrote Seabiscuit bought a shoe worn by Seabiscuit for $13k. · 143 days ago
Ranked #22 by Blood-Horse, Phar Lap won 32 of his final 35 races. Australia’s Big Red, like Secretariat, also had an unusually large heart, at 14 pounds. The heart can be seen at the National Museum of Australia, the hide at the Melbourne Museum, and the skeleton at the Dominion Museum. Black Caviar likely will have a different fortune after her passing.
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  • airedale2008 · On April 9th last year, Google featured Eadweard Muybridge’s The Horse in Motion, which settled the debate once and for all of whether all four feet of a horse were off the ground at once while in motion. It was not a Thoroughbred that was chosen to be photographed, but rather Governor Leland Stanford’s Standardbred trotter Occident, as the governor was paying for the studies. Muybridge visited Thomas Edison in 1888 to show the great inventor his work, and the idea for motion pictures was born. · 440 days ago
  • airedale2008 · On April 9th last year, Google featured Eadweard Muybridge’s The Horse in Motion, which settled the debate once and for all of whether all four feet of a horse were off the ground at once while in motion. It was not a Thoroughbred that was chosen to be photographed, but rather Governor Leland Stanford’s Standardbred trotter Occident, as the governor was paying for the studies. Muybridge visited Thomas Edison in 1888 to show the great inventor his work, and the idea for motion pictures was born. · 440 days ago
His start in Mexico was the 13th race.. Imagine a card that big today!
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  • travel_vic · Tijauna is hardly deep Mexico but more like 3 or 4 miles over the border at OLD Caliente · 592 days ago
  • cocoa2 · It was known as a border town and people constantly forget it is not infact United States' territory · 592 days ago
His rating is ignorant. He was the best horse in his time. His rating shows how ignorant people are.
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  • travel_vic · funny thing my father used to caddy to make money. One day he saw a special train car pull up by then Empire City race track and who but Seabiscut came bounding out. It is a small world. My father introduced me to the calvary and I just took it a different direction. · 636 days ago
  • travel_vic · Best thing on four legs I ever saw was in a paddock in Paris, Kentucky and that was after I visited Nijinski, Ack Ack, Tom Rolfe, Damascus, and Mr. Prospector. · 636 days ago
One of the greatest horses of all time should be alot higher.
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  • buckpasser · My dad saw Phar Lap run. He always felt Count Fleet was the greatest horse he saw. He said that Phar Lap was heads and shoulders above anyone else he saw race. Dad said he had one of the most powerful accelerations of any horse. · 715 days ago
  • cocoa2 · I was referring to the fact that since he has joined TV is yet to change a bit but alter HRN itself instead. For the better. · 715 days ago
This is a top 5 all time horse! What is up with these ratings?
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  • travel_vic · Most animals at the turn of the century were HOPPED (hence the term hop head) as a stimulant to run. We tend to think that drugs that would be a downer to us (Heroin for instance) should have the same pharmacological effect in all other animals. They simply do not. I have seen morphine type meds cuase extreme aggitation and hyeractivity in geriatrics...Different physiolology different pharmacological outcome. · 759 days ago
  • Buckpasser · I have started a book which just came out about an Australian horse Peter Pan who many said was as great as Phar Lap but has been largely forgotten. It is by Jessica Owers and is available from Amazon as A large paperback or ebook · 759 days ago
One of the Best
Should be Top 10 all time.
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  • cocoa2 · Get off your Yankee arse Junebug and look at other foreign horses. Ignorant idiots like you are the ones who make the countries in this world hate Americans. I can count on one hand the number of horses who can hold a candle to other foreign horses. Why I don't think any of our CURRENT horses even make top 10! · 834 days ago
  • travel_vic · Many peole would agree that this one was one of the twentieth centuries best · 834 days ago
Much better, scared USA runners
Should be rated higher!
The king of the turf! An amazing horse, that carried smashing weights, and won with a shattered hoof! Australias best racehorse!
  • travel_vic · Coffroft Handicap March 20 1932: Starter Marshall Cassidy, and Eddier Aracaro BOTH stated that this WAS the greatest thoroughbred ever to run on the North American Continent His Sole loss at five came under 150 pounds in the Melbourne Cup · 869 days ago
The REAL Phar Lap
Phar Lap, you were great, too bad someone had to poison you because you were the greatest
PHAR LAP doesn't belong anywhere on a list of the greatest American-raced horses of all time. PHAR LAP was a great horse, but if you're going to include him then you need to make this list about world-wide greatness and include RIBOT, NIJINSKY II, BRIGADIER GERARD, SUNLINE, MAKYBE DIVA, DEEP IMPACT, SEA THE STARS, ZARKAVA, and another 100 horse who were great in France, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Japan, Hong Kong, etc., etc., etc. It gets a little too "busy" at that point.
Wow, Phar lap not in the top 100 horses? I understand he only ran once in the states but man...not in the top 100
  • zatt · Great, great horse, but he never ran in the U.S., not once. · 1214 days ago
  • ~RuffianQueenOfRacing~ · ok "Zatt" well, he is ranked #22 in the top 100 U.S racehorses of the 20th century, obviously he blew them away · 1133 days ago

Phar Lap - Race Results & Past Performances

Date(Descending)
Horse
Fin
Tr
#
Dist.
Sf.
Race
$
Cnd
1st
2nd
3rd
Time
View Details04/27/29Phar Lap1stRsh16 fTMaiden Juvenile Handicap 2 MPhar Lap   
View Details04/01/29Phar Lap8thRan17 fTEaster Stakes 2 M    
View Details03/16/29Phar Lap9thRsh16 fTNursery Handicap 2 M    
View Details03/02/29Phar Lap7thHkb15 fTHandicap 2 M    
View Details02/23/29Phar Lap12thRsh15 1/2 fTNursery Handicap 2 M