16 starts, 10 wins. Bred by Lord Grosvenor. *Messenger appears to have been imported about 1787 or 1788 by a Thomas Benger and made his first American stud season at Philadelphia in 1788. Stud fee was $15. He was sold to Henry Astor in 1793 and eventually passed to the ownership of Cornelius Van Ranst. He died in 1808, age 28. All Standardbreds go back to him through Hambletonian 10.