The Dan Patch Project
Fundraiser for Springboard for the Arts

The Dan Patch Project raising money for Springboard for the Arts

Help Dan Patch Race Again - Phase I

Dan Patch was history’s greatest Standardbred pacer. In fact, in 1906 he set a world record before 93,000 people at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds that stood for more than three decades.

He was a national phenomenon, a sports superstar, and the first athlete in history to endorse products, including Dan Patch Tobacco, Dan Patch Wagons and the Dan Patch Railroad.

In the rare company of near mythic horses like Man O’War, Secretariat and Sea Biscuit, Dan Patch, his feats continue to inspire generations. And yet, he remains the only one of his peers without a permanent monument of any kind.

To honor Dan Patch, we have teamed up with renown equine sculptor Alexa King, who immortalized 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro at Churchill Downs.

Our mission is to have King create two bronze art installations; the first at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds honoring Dan Patch, and the second at the Savage Public Library, with more emphasis there placed on his owner, M.W. Savage.

The Fairgrounds piece will be of Dan Patch, with a driver and cart pacing over a bronze track. In warm months, water will flow over the track and past the figure, creating the illusion of movement.

The Dan Patch Project is a fiscally sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts. To give to Springboard: https://givemn.org/organization/Springboard-For-The-Arts

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