Dan Patch Retires

Dan Patch's stable Dan Patch retired from racing in 1909, after injuring one of his legs. He continued, however, to make public appearances.

Both Dan Patch and M.W. Savage took ill on July 4, 1916. While Mr. Savage was recovering from surgery July 11, he learned his favorite horse had died. Mr. Savage died less than a day later. His physicians claimed Mr. Savage's death was caused by the shock of losing Dan Patch.

Without the lead of M.W. Savage, the International Stock Food Company and its farm began to decline. In 1922, a fire destroyed the stables known to all as the Taj Mahal. Several years later, an attempt was made to establish a dog racing track on the site, but state gambling laws quickly ended that venture. Today, there is little indication of the expansive farm that once graced the banks of the Minnesota River. An outline of the track is still viewable, however, from the air.

Photo: The stables where Dan Patch and several other horses were housed in the early 1900s, which was destroyed by a fire in 1917. It was located on the banks of the Minnesota River, where the radio towers stand today. Photo courtesy of the Dan Patch Historical Society.