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A century before Secretariat, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods, Dan Patch captured virtually every harness racing record and the hearts (and wallets) of the American public. Even people who weren't racing fans were caught up in the horse's achievements, on which his owner capitalized with Dan Patch endorsing products that ranged from automobiles and washing machines to cigars and toilet paper.

Key Features
Author(s)Sharon B. Smith
PublisherSkyhorse Publishing
Date of Publication06/09/2012
LanguageEnglish
FormatHardback
ISBN-101616085851
ISBN-139781616085858
SubjectEquestrian & Animal Sports

Publication Data
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
Country of PublicationUnited States
ImprintSkyhorse Publishing
Content Note50 illustrations

Dimensions
Weight426 g
Width152 mm
Height230 mm
Spine27 mm

Description
Author BiographySharon Smith is an award-winning reporter/anchor of televised horse racing on ESPN, NBC and Sportschannel Los Angeles and the author of five books on horses and racing. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and attended journalism school at the University of Texas. Smith lives in Milford, Connecticut.

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The Best There Ever Was (English)

by Sharon B. Smith

Format Hardcover

Condition Brand New

Language English

A century before Secretariat, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods, Dan Patch captured virtually every harness racing record and the hearts (and wallets) of the American public. This title shows that even people who weren't racing fans were caught up in the horse's achievements, on which his owner capitalized with Dan Patch endorsing products.

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A century before Secretariat, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods, Dan Patch captured virtually every harness racing record and the hearts (and wallets) of the American public. Even people who weren't racing fans were caught up in the horse's achievements, on which his owner capitalized with Dan Patch "endorsing" products that ranged from automobiles and washing machines to cigars and toilet paper.

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American's first equine idol and sports merchandising's first mega-star.

Author Biography

Sharon Smith is an award-winning reporter/anchor of televised horse racing on ESPN, NBC and Sportschannel Los Angeles and the author of five books on horses and racing. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and attended journalism school at the University of Texas. Smith lives in Milford, Connecticut.

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Before Man o' War, before Seabiscuit and almost three-quarters of a century before Secretariat, a pacing racehorse named Dan Patch enthralled Americans. By the time Dan Patch reached racing age in 1900, the nation was hurtling past smokestacks that rose into the 20th century. Dan Patch was a star during the twilight of an America that evokes memory and myth. The horse links us to a past of county fairs and church suppers, of neighbors waving to one another on hometown streets. He excelled at old-time harness racing while living on into the new automobile era.As Sharon B. Smith observes in "The Best There Ever Was," the timing of Dan Patch's birth date, April 29, 1896, coincided with the shift to transportation's future: Six weeks later, automobile manufacturers Charles and Frank Duryea would announce that they had sold their 13th horseless vehicle. Americans called these motorized contraptions by a variety of names: gasoline buggies, locomobiles. The newfangled machines had to share the dusty, unpaved roads with horses. But by the time Dan Patch had finished his racing career, in 1909, Henry Ford had introduced the Model T. By the time the horse died, in 1916, Ford was selling half a million cars a year. This took horses off the roads and confined the fastest of them to racetracks. In harness racing, horses trot or pace at speed while urged on by a driver in a single-seat cart called a sulky. Americans in the 19th century identified closely with this sport because most people drove horses as their primary transportation. Few could resist the urge to go fast when another horse and buggy pulled alongside. Harness racing was daily life lived large. People loved Dan Patch because he was fast and also because he started bowing to the grandstands, something he learned on his own. Newspapers called him the "national pet."Ms. Smith makes the argument that Dan Patch stood for Middle America and its cultural values, accompanying a population shift from the East to the nation'

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  • ISBN1616085851
  • Title The Best There Ever Was
  • Author Sharon B. Smith
  • Pages 208
  • Publisher Skyhorse Publishing
  • Year 2012
  • ISBN-10 1616085851
  • ISBN-13 9781616085858
  • Format Hardcover
  • Imprint Skyhorse Publishing
  • Subtitle Dan Patch and the Dawn of the American Century
  • Place of Publication New York, NY
  • Country of Publication United States
  • Illustrations 50 illustrations
  • DEWEY 798.460973
  • Short Title BEST THERE EVER WAS
  • Language English
  • Media Book
  • Residence Milford, CT, US
  • Audience General/Trade
  • Publication Date 2012-08-09
  • Dimensions152mm x 230mm x 27mm

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