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In Australia, people say a courageous person has "a heart as big as Phar Lap". The legendary racehorse was powered by a 6.3-kilogram (13.8-pound) heart, which remains enshrined at Australia's National Museum today.
During the Great Depression, 37 wins in 51 starts made Phar Lap the sworn enemy of bookmakers. Someone, suspected to be a bookmaker, tried to shoot him in 1930. Three days later, the horse won the Melbourne Cup, Australia's most prestigious race.