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During the first decade of the twentieth century, when automobiles were a novelty, the sporting world was enthralled by the exploits of a well-loved pacer named Dan Patch, who broke racing records with ease throughout the nation, and set a mark at the Minnesota State Fair that held for more than thirty years. Here seasoned author Tim Brady tells the story, not only of Dan Patch, but of his owner, M. W. Savage, who made use of the horse's renown to promote a variety of products throughout the world, and became a multimillionaire in the process. An accompanying DVD contains rare footage of Dan on the race track, and daily life on the lavish stock farm Savage built on the banks of the Minnesota River in the town that now bears his name. - Nodin Press
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Savage's history is deep and diverse. The city was home to a famous racehorse and its owner, the site where Charles Lindbergh's plane crashed, and a prominent ship-building industry that thrived during World War II. It all started in 1852 when a small trading post was established at the mouth of the Credit River where it empties into the Minnesota River. Soon, the town of Hamilton was established, and its residents made a living farming and trading. In the early 1900s, Marion Willis Savage purchased a pacer named Dan Patch and built the International Stock Food Farm along the river. In 1904, the depot agent suggested Hamilton be renamed Savage after the man who brought notoriety to the town with Dan Patch, a horse that set records and charmed crowds until his death in 1916. Today, the horse that was viewed as a symbol of the past serves as a beacon to residents who continue to celebrate the city's heritage along with the natural beauty of the community.
Author Nancy Huddleston was the editor of the Savage Pacer for 15 years, and during that time she developed a deep appreciation for Savage's history through the stories she wrote and a weekly photographic feature about the city's history. She takes pride in offering readers a comprehensive look at Savage's history with images collected from the Dan Patch Historical Society and many residents and businesses that continue to contribute to the fabric of the community today.
There have been several books written about Dan Patch, this book is a Fictionalized story about Dan Patch written by the Great Granddaughter of the owner M.W.Savage
This book is out-of-print, but many copies are still available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble & Ebay.
Deborah Savage is the author of a number of books for young adults, including, Summer Hawk, winner of the Boston Authors Award for young adult literature 2000, To Race a Dream, and Under a Different Sky, which School Library Journal called in a starred review, "endlessly fascinating and appealing." She lives in western Massachusetts.
Freehold, NJ --- (2008) The legendary pacer Dan Patch captured the imagination and attention of the public and the news media more than 100 years ago, when harness racing was the most popular sport in the country. Stories about harness racing heroes, human and equine, made page one news and racing was at the center of rural and urban life.
The sport will get a taste of those days once again when a 6,000 word excerpt of the book “Crazy Good: The True Story of Dan Patch, The Most Famous Horse in America,” by Charles Leerhsen, appears in the May 19 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine.
Leerhsen, who was a U.S. Trotting Association employee early in his career, has maintained an interest in the sport and Dan Patch throughout a writing and editing career with US Magazine and now as Executive Editor with Sports Illustrated. He has also co-written books with Donald Trump, television executive Brandon Tartikoff and test pilot Chuck Yeager. The excerpt is an adaptation of the first chapter of the book, built around a scene at the Breeders Track in Lexington, Kentucky (now known as The Red Mile) on October 7, 1905, the height of Dan Patch's career. A similar excerpt may also run on the Sports Illustrated Website, si.com.
It includes eight pages of photos of Dan Patch and the people behind his career, from the small town farmer and shopkeeper that first recognized his talent to the businessman who saw in Dan the chance to build an empire. “I am truly honored to have the book singled out by SI for this distinction,” Leerhsen said. “Hundreds of sports books are published every year, and our excellent crew of staff writers produce a good number of them, but only a very few have the honor of being excerpted in America's leading sports magazine. And I'm delighted to have the honor of writing about Dan Patch, who is one of the great untold sports stories of all times.”
Sports Illustrated is North America's most popular sports magazine. It has a paid circulation of 3.2 million and each issue is read by about 20 million people. The cost to buy a comparable amount of advertising space for harness racing in such a publication would be well in to seven figures. Through the excerpt in Sports Illustrated millions of people will read about the Standardbred horse that was the leading pop cultural figure in the first decade of the 20th Century.
Indiana takes the lead
Standardbred connections in Indiana, the home state of Dan Patch and site of his first races, are on an early lead in supporting the book about their hero. The Indiana Standardbred Breed Development Fund has committed to purchase a copy of “Crazy Good” for every one of the 423 libraries in Indiana’s 92 counties. Dan Patch and everything about him make up a significant part of history for the sport of harness racing,” said Michael Christner, chairman of the Standardbred Breed Development Advisory Committee. “We felt it was important to share that story, especially in the state of Indiana, which has strong roots and background in the sport.” Plans are in the works to get the book showcased at several Indiana libraries and to offer a traveling display or speakers about harness racing and Dan Patch for the libraries to request.
Other horsemen’s groups or individuals that would like to display posters promoting the book or distribute “Crazy Good” bookmarks at their business, especially those equine-related, local library, bookstore, barbershops, doctors' offices, service station waiting rooms, etc., can contact Ellen Harvey at the USTA’s Harness Racing Communications division, HRCNews@ustrotting.com or by calling (732) 780-3700.