Meet Patch, the one-eyed horse running in the 143rd Kentucky Derby. One of Todd Pletcher’s three horses in the field, the colt lost his left-eye last June as the result of inflammation from an infection. Unnamed at the time, he received the ironic name after he lost his eye. With morning line odds of 30-1 out of post No. 20, there are some things working for and against in him today’s race.
PRO: The owner saves money on blinders.
CON: It’s the horse’s outside eye, preventing him from seeing the movement on the inside and forcing him to blindly trust his jockey.
PRO: Chicks dig scars.
CON: He’s in the 20 post. He literally can’t see any of the other horses.
PRO: Patch can’t see the haters.
CON: He’s still just America’s second-most famous Lefteye.
PRO: The Blind Side gets a sequel in a different sport.
CON: He will be a favorite amongst amateur bettors, dropping his value as a longshot.
PRO: Patch has no problem winking at the fillies.
CON: He’s always winking at the fillies.
PRO: Nobody has a meaner Stink-eye.
CON: Minimal eye doctor endorsement opportunities.