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100 years ago Dan Patch 20006The presentation of the Governor’s Proclamation commemorating "Dan Patch Day" at the Minnesota State Fair with Author Tim Brady, Jens Bohn, Rep. Duke Powell & Savage Mayor Tom Brennan. — at Minnesota State Fair.
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Dan Patch Days 1962Dan Patch Days August 2, 1962 Dakota County Tribune.
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Dick Cullum, column on Dan Patch the horse and "days" 1971July 30, 1971 - Minneapolis Star Tribune, columnist Dick Cullum tells the story of Dan Patch and upcoming Dan Patch Days in Savage.
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1973 - Dan Patch Days Button design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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Dan Patch Days buttonsDan Patch Days 1974.
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1975 - Dan Patch DaysButton design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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2006 - Dan Patch Days Button design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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2011 - Dan Patch Days Button design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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2012 - Dan Patch Days Button design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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Dan Patch Days2014 Dan Patch Days.
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Dan Patch Parade 2015The Annual Community events remembers Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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Dan Patch Days parade 2015Annual parade honors the race horse Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage, who the town is named after.
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2016 = Dan Patch Days Button design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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Dan Patch Days 2016Dan Patch parade 2016.
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2017 - Dan Patch Days Button design for the annual event honoring Dan Patch and owner Marion Savage.
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Dan Patch ParadeDan Patch parade 2018.
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Dan Patch Days 20182018 Dan Patch Parade.
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2019 - Dan Patch Days button The 2019 Dan Patch Days button.
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Dan Patch Historical Society 20192019 Dan Patch Historical Society Board of Directors.
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Minor Heir and Dan PatchSketch shows the two horses at the Savage farm in Savage.
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Scenes at the Savage track.February 14, 1909 MInneapolis Tribune:

Harry Hersey, World famous as driver of Dan Patch in all the horses races.
American Patch, another Dan Patch colt and Forest Patch.
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M.W. Savage farmA view of the M.W. Savage farm site of the Dan Patch stables in Hamilton then Savage.
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Dan Patch postal cancellationAugust 23, 1987 MInneapolis Star Tribune:

Dan Patch, a Minnesota race horse that became a legend in the early 1900's will be honored with a special cancellation at the 1987 Minnesota State Fair....



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Dan Patch purchased by Marion SavageJanuary 3, 1903 Minneapolis Journal:

Dan Patch, the great pacing stallion recently purchased by M.W. Savage of this city, will not arrive in Minneapolis until Monday morning...

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Dan Patch Monument?Sept. 16, 1947 - Alton Evening Telegraph: Is there a Dan Monument?
Although the article says yes, the answer is actually NO! Dan Patch was buried in an unmarked grave.


At the height of his post-racing days several products were given a Dan Patch brand name, and there was a dance called the Dan Patch Two-Step. Dan Patch's career as a stud was unremarkable; none of his offspring posted notable times and his sons were not successful sires.

Dan Patch's death was attributed to heart problems. Ironically, his owner, M. E. Savage was in the hospital himself recovering from surgery. News of his beloved horse's death reportedly caused him to react adversely and Savage died the next day.

In a story attributed to John Henry McQuistion, one of the Dan Patch grooms, six of Dan's attending grooms buried Dan patch in a secret location (allegedly in an unmarked grave at the Taj Mahal Stables. Oxford, Indiana has this memorial site at the barn where Dan Patch was foaled.
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Dan Patch paradeDan Patch parade undated.
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Marion Savage offered $70,000 for Dan PatchMarch 16, 1903 MInneapolis Tribune:

Recently purchased by Marion Savage, Dan Patch the race horse. Now a few months later Marion Savage is offered $70,000 for the pacer...
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Profile of Dan PatchApril 25, 1976 MInneapolis Star Tribune profile of Dan Patch.
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Dan Patch Days (undated)Ben and Grace Morlock, lead the Dan Patch Parade.
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Savage Historic BlanketA sketch of the design used for the Savage Historic blanket.
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