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The most loved trio in Australian horseracing during the Depression. Champion racehorse, Phar Lap, champion heavyweight jockey, Jim Pike, and the centre of Phar Lap's world....his adored strapper, Tommy Woodcock. Phar Lap would do nothing without Tommy there and Tommy tended to the every care of his beloved 'Bobby' from the day he arrived. When the horse hemorrhaged and died in his arms at Menlo Park in California, Tommy was inconsolable. The 5 April 2012 was 80 years since Phar Lap's death.

Liz Taylor on Man O' War son, The Pie from National Velvet. Gorgeous.

Northern Dancer all dressed for work!

Phar Lap - New Zealand racehorse and Aussie icon during 1920s and early 1930s. He measured staggering 17.1 hands high while his heart was 1.5 times larger than average horse heart. Phar Lap (Thai for "Lightning") had 37 wins in 51 races, and set 8 track records before his mysterious death in 1932. Many speculated that U.S. gangsters fearing big losses poisoned the horse. 70 yrs later forensics proved he ingested large dose of arsenic just before death, though a source wasn't found.