Dan Patch Horse Harness Racing Poster
Dan Patch was bred in Indiana by a country storekeeper named Dan Messner, Jr. The light bay colt was foaled in 1897, sired by the noted Joe Patchen and a $225 mare. Dan Patch first raced on August 30, 1900, when he lost only one heat. In 1901, he was on the Grand Circuit, and caught the eye of a sportsman from Buffalo, New York, named M. E. Sturgis, who bought him for $20,000. Driven by Myron McHenry, a famous driver of the day, Dan Patch created a brilliant record losing only two heats in 56 starts by July 1902.