Dan Patch

Dan Patch (HM5DZ)

Location: Oxford, IN 47971 Benton County
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N 40° 31.164', W 87° 14.71'

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Standard-bred colt (sire Joe Patchen, dam Zelica) foaled 1896 Oxford, Benton County; raised by Daniel A. Messner, Jr. on this farm. A natural pacer, trained for harness racing, a very popular sport in late 1800's and early 1900's. Dan Patch began his racing career at county fairs in 1900; he became famous in Grand Circuit racing and never loast a race.

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In 1902, sold to M. E. Sturgis, New York, then to Marion W. Savage, owner of International Stock Food Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota, who used horse's racing fame to market his stock food and many other products from toys to automobiles. Dan Patch's 1906 World record 1:55 mile held for thirty-two years. Was retired from racing 1909 for stud. Took part in exhibitions; died 1916.
HM NumberHM5DZ
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number04.1999.1
Year Placed1999
Placed ByInd. Hist. Bureau, Descendants of D. Messner, Jr., Oxford Lions Club, Oxford Citizens and Town Board, Benton Co. Hist. Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 10:50am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 479232 N 4485437
Decimal Degrees40.51940000, -87.24516667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 31.164', W 87° 14.71'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 31' 9.84" N, 87° 14' 42.60" W
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Area Code(s)765
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 201-207 IN-352, Oxford IN 47971, US
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