Phar Lap (1983)
Sub Editor: We have two versions ready to go. If he wins, "Australian wonder horse beats the world."
news writer: And if he loses?
Sub Editor: "New Zealand horse fails in Mexico."
Tommy Woodcock: [talking to the horse, while feeding him] Yeah, you know what's coming up, don't ya? Hang on a minute. Hang on, I've gotta mix it up. That's it. Yeah. You're a good fellow today. You love all that stuff now, don't ya? Crowds and cheering. The bigger the better, eh?
Reporter: Why is it, do you think, that there's been this incredible reaction to Phar Lap's death? After all, he was just a horse.
Harry Telford: He wasn't *just* a horse. He was the best.
Dave Davis: [seeing Phar Lap when he first arrives in Australia as a young colt] This is not a horse, Harry. This is a cross between a sheepdog and a kangaroo.
Harry Telford: [When the name Far Lap is suggested for the horse] It's gotta have seven letters. Last four Melbourne Cup winners had seven letters.
Tommy Woodcock: [about Phar Lap] He's gotta learn to be a winner.
Dave Davis: Look, Harry, you wanna enter him, you enter him. But you make sure you do it under your name... not mine. I'm not gonna be humiliated in front of all the top owner in the country.
Harry Telford: Phar Lap wasn't a fluke, you know. I picked him from the blood lines and I persevered with him while every other trainer was laughing at me.
Vi Telford: No-one's laughing now.
Radio news reader: [voice over] The Wall Street stock market crash has caused a crisis in the American economy. The 3-year-old racehorse Phar Lap continues his run of good luck.
Harry Telford: I love the way you blokes keep calling him the wonder horse. You weren't calling him that when he was losing all his races at the start.
Mrs. Connolly: An honest man is someone who hasn't had a good enough offer.
Dave Davis: You put a ton on his back so that he can't possibly win, but you want him there to draw the crowds. Very smart.
Lachlan McKinnon: I acting in the best interest of racing.
Dave Davis: Well, you've finally done it, haven't you McKinnock? If we scratch him, he's banned from racing and if we run him, there's a very good chance of his breaking down, and either way, you and your cronies win it all, don't you?
James Crofton: Can't you fire that guy?
Dave Davis: If I did, the goddamn horse would sit in the stall for the next month and cry.
Tommy Woodcock: Mr. Telford used to train that horse too hard. If I can get him 90% fit, his heart'll get him to the line.
Dave Davis: The amount of faith you put in that heart of his, kid, it must be one hell of an organ.