Was Phar Lap Poisoned?

The great Australian Thoroughbred racehorse Phar Lap came to the United States to challenge all comers. He died of mysterious causes on April 5, 1932. Last year a group of scientists tested a section of Phar Lap's hide that was preserved and on display in Australia and determined the horse had been poisoned with arsenic. However, more testing released today (Dec. 25) in Australia throws some doubt on that claim as scientists have tested the "chemical signature" of the arsenic and are trying to determine if it was indeed the cause of the great racehorse's death or just a byproduct of the preservation process for the hide.

For more on this story read the article by Peter Mickelburough from the Courier and Mail on Australia.com http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,22970278-953,00.html.

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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