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Dan Patch never lost a race. But that’s not how he made his owner a multi-millionaire. America’s best-loved horse was also perhaps the most shrewdly marketed animal of all time.
July/august 1990 | Volume 41, Issue 5
Dan Patch was more than twenty years old when he died in July 1916. His shocked owner survived him by only thirty-two hours.
Commenting upon the phenomenon of Dan Patch, one harness-horse magazine observed that when they came in their tens of thousands to racetracks, state fairs, and the Savage farm, “men, women and children seemed content just to see him—as if he were George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.” As horses go, that is exactly what Dan Patch was.