Phar Lap

Phar Lap is one of the fastest racehorses in historyAnother race horse who was so impressive that a movie was made about his life. He ran in a total of 51 races and won 37 of them. Among those wins were Australia’s Melbourne Cup and Australia’s Cox Plate, which he won two times. As a 3 year old, Phar Lap won 14 races in a row beginning at the VRC St. Leger Stakes, until his race in Tijuana, Mexico where he placed 2nd. Phar Lap is a national icon in both Australia and New Zealand. He is honored at the Melbourne Flemington Racecourse where there is a life-sized bronze statue of him. Throughout cities in Australia, there are numerous streets named in his honor. Blood-Horse Magazine ranked Phar Lap as #22 of the Top 100 US Thoroughbred Champions of the 20th Century.