marion w. savage
Marion W. Savage had a good business as proprietor of the International Stock Food Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota and it got even better after he purchased Dan Patch, for whom he paid $60,000 in 1902. Savage and his horse became world-famous. It was Dan Patch Day wherever Dan went. The Dan Patch name appeared in all segments of society. Not only was Dan a popular "show business" attraction, but Savage put his horse on a hectic race-against-the-clock schedule which took him all over the country, shattering records as he went. So close were Dan Patch and M. W. Savage that when Dan died on July 11, 1916, Savage died the next day, as related by Fred A. Sasse in his book, The Dan Patch Story. Savage also owned such famous horses as Roy Wilkes, Directum, Arion, Minor Heir and Cresceus.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals