I am ashamed, as an American and as a human being, that such a noble creature should be killed by such ignoble people for such ignoble ends.

Phar Lap’s death ended a phenomenal racing career spanning the depths of the Great Depression – a period when a proud sporting and betting nation like Australia was desperate for some hope, inspiration, heroism and a good rags-to-riches story. Australian scientists say they have proved that legendary Timaru-bred racehorse Phar Lap was poisoned - but the big gelding's death remains one of racing's Phar Lap died in strange and still unexplained circumstances in the United States in 1932. Tests, they say, prove that Phar Lap ingested a large dose of arsenic in the last 30 to 40 hours of his life. From what I can understand about Phar Lap's death, I believe he was poisoned intentionally by American gangsters. IN 1983, Peter Game interviewed Phar Lap's strapper Tommy Woodcock, two years before Woodcock died. Toxicity remains in the hair follicles, and the results showed that Phar Lap had arsenic in his system at the time of his death, with the dose having been administered roughly 35 hours before he died. To Depression era dreamers, he was a sort of Everyhorse: New Zealand-born, Sydney-raised, Melbourne achiever. Phar Lap: Cause of death known. The news of Phar Lap's unexpected death comes as a great shock, not only to the race-going public, but to all Australians. For almost 80-years a large triangular slice of Phar Lap's heart has been missing. From a mediocre beginning, Phar Lap gradually forced his way into turf records throughout the world, and but for his untimely end may have been the greatest stake-earner in the world.