Phar Lap was a very unique horse who became a champion. Phar Lap dominated Australian racing winning a Melbourne Cup, two Cox Plates and AJC derby, and 19 other Weight for Age races. In his final race before death Phar Lap won Agua Caliente Handicap in Tijuana, Mexico, which was record time. He achieved much in his short lived life, [1926-1932] after mysteriously succumbing to illness. Suddenly he was dead, an autopsy had to be done. The autopsy reveled his intestines and stomach were inflamed leading many to think he was poisoned…on purpose. As it was long ago they couldn’t identify infection but in 2000 scientist studies showed that bacteria was flourishing in his organs. Recently in 2006 many scientist overruled there previous decision and found a large dose of arsenic which is extremely toxic. So who’s side of the fence are you on, the only thing we can be certain on, is that Phar Lap was a true legend.