Famous Horses~Dan Patch

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Dan Patch (1896-1916) was the outstanding pacer of his day. He broke world speed records at least 14 times in the early 1900s, finally setting the world’s record for the fastest mile by a harness horse (1 minute:55 seconds) during a time trial in 1906, a record that stood unmatched for 32 years.

Dan Patch lost only two heats in his career and never lost a race. His speed was such that other owners would sometimes refuse to race their horses against him, leaving him to compete against the clock.

Dan Patch’s achievements made him a sports celebrity. At the height of his fame, he earned more than $1 million a year for his owner.

Crowds of 100,000 turned out for a glimpse of the horse. Dan Patch retired undefeated in 1909 as the holder of nine world records and spent much of his later life attending exhibitions.

Information: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Patch)

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(My sketch of Dan Patch)

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