Sport: Wink of the Sky

A party of reporters visited the Ed Perry Ranch at Menlo Park, Calif, one morning last week to have a look at Phar Lap, the huge red gelding from Australia that won the Agua Caliente Handicap (TIME, March 28). When stable attendants refused them access to the great horse's stall, the visitors grew suspicious. Perhaps Phar Lap was sick. They waited around.

In the afternoon the truth came out. With tears in their eyes the stablemen announced that Phar Lap was dead.

Like his name, which in...

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