Never actually racing, Messenger died at the age of 28 in 1808, and was buried on Long Island. His grandson Hambletorian, sired 1,355 offspring. Hambletorian also never raced, but his son Dexter trotted the mile in a record 2 minutes 17 seconds.
Early Standardbreds, to be included in the registry, had to complete a mile in
less than 3 minutes, but today many are able to go this distance in less that 1
minute and 55 seconds.