Phar Lap (1926 - 1932) is an Australian legend. He was the winner of Australia's Melbourne Cup in 1930, that country's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby. Phar Lap raced during the depression and won the hearts of a nation he ran in. Phar Lap was a national hero and died only 2 years later in Menloo Park, California under very suspicious circumstances. It was long thought that organized crime played a major part in his death
Pharlap - Pharlap is probably the best known and most revered racehorse in Australian history. In his brief life he repeatedly overcame apparently insurmountable odds to win 37 of 51 races. He was an exceptionally large horse of 17 hands and was of a chestnut colour.