One hundred years ago today, we lost the great horse Dan Patch.
And just 32 hours later, his owner, M.W. Savage passed away from heart failure.
Dan Patch’s record for the one mile pace was equalled in 1936, but not beaten until 1960. At the time of his retirement in 1909 he held nine world’s records and had never been beaten.
In a time of no radio, television, film, telephones, or Internet, every where he went he drew crowds of 90,000 people or more.
Perhaps that’s because his owner, M.W. Savage, was the first to see value in athletes like Dan Patch endorsing products, putting his image and name on everything from chewing tobacco to children’s records.
It’s hard to believe a horse who the nation adored is buried an unmarked grave in Savage, Minn.
There isn’t a bronze sculpture to be found commemorating his legendary achievements and the dreams they inspired.
Please consider pledging support for the creation of a permanent memorial for the great horse by downloading the pledge form or going to our GiveMn.org page today.