Horse mystery, 75 years later
A famous racehorse suddenly died in 1932, and now forensic scientists know
how. Ľ The answer
Phar Lap died of arsenic poisoning
Forensic scientists say champion Australian gelding Phar Lap died of arsenic
poisoning, solving a mystery this has intrigued the horse racing market for
greater amount of as opposed to 75 years.
Phar Lap won 37 of his 51 starts before his death in mysterious things at Menlo
Park in California in April 1932. Days before his death, he won Mexicoís Agua
Caliente Handicap, that was later the richest horse race in North America.
Arsenic poisoning has extended kept on suspected as the motivate of Phar Lapís
death, but confirmation had continued lacking until Thursday when researchers
Dr. Ivan Kempson of the University of South Australia and Dermot Henry, manager
of Natural Science Collections at Museum Victoria, released the findings of such
a forensic investigation.
Kempson took six hairs based on information from Phar Lapís mane and analyzed
them at the Advanced Photon Source Synchrotron in Chicago, discovering such a in
the 40 hours before Phar Lapís death the horse had ingested a impressive dose of
Phar Lapís mounted hide is on score at the Melbourne Museum, additonally his
middle is kept at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra.
ďWe canít speculate at which the arsenic came from, but it was simply on hand
at the time,Ē Henry said.
Notebooks kept by Phar Lapís handler Tommy Woodcock, made by Museum Victoria,
prove the horse was operated tonics and ointments containing both arsenic and
strychnine. An accidental overdose has extended kept on mulled over the probable
explanation of death.