An English Thoroughbred stallion sired by Mambrino and foaled in 1780, Messenger was brought to America in 1788 by Thomas Benger, an Irish sportsman who located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Messenger soon became famous as a producer of trotters and pacers, standing for service at dozens of places from Philadelphia to Goshen to Long Island. Almost all two-minute Standardbreds trace back to Messenger, including Hambletonian. He also became the ancestor of the majority of great American Thoroughbreds, including American Eclipse, Whirlaway, Equipoise, Man O War and Gallant Fox. Messenger died in 1808 near Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York.
Messenger Hill Farm, Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals