Joe Patchen, "The Iron Horse," was foaled in 1889, sired by Patchen Wilkes out of Josephine Young. One of the five "pacing kings" (the others were John R. Gentry, Star Pointer, Frank Agan, and Robert J.), Joe Patchen raced against the top pacers most of his racing career. He was champion pacer of the half-mile tracks and was driven by Pop Geers until 1897, when John Dickerson raced him in 2:01 1/4 at Terre Haute, Indiana. He was retired to stud in Goshen, New York and was the sire of the great champion Dan Patch. Joe Patchen died in 1917 at Parkway Farm opposite Historic Track's backstretch in Goshen.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals