Patch, a 3-year-old colt, lost his left eye in June 2016 due to massive inflammation. He’s only raced three times in his professional career, but has earned a spot in the Kentucky Derby this Saturday.
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Trainer Todd Pletcher says Patch will be the “feel-good story” of this year’s derby, and it seems like social media agrees:
Patch even has his own Twitter account:
Possibly the craziest thing about Patch’s story is that he got his name years before anyone knew he would loose an eye.
Patch is expected to finish in the bottom half of the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs. But if you’re not betting to win, there’s no reason not to place a few bucks on a major upset.
Patch, as unbelievable as it may sound, is not the first half-blind horse to run in the derby. Storm in May from 2007, Pollard’s Vision in 2004 and Cassaleria from 1982 were all missing an eye when they ran the Kentucky Derby.
Here are a few more facts about Patch, just so you can impress someone before the race begins this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT:
Color: Bay colt (Ky.)
Sire: Union Rags
Dam: Windyindy by A.P. Indy
Owner: Calumet Farm (Brad Kelley)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Record: 1-2-0 in three starts
Last race: Second in the Louisiana Derby, 1 1/4 lengths behind Girvin, who will also be in the Derby field.