Although he isn't the highest point-earner in the Kentucky Derby field, Patch has accumulated a significant fan following on the backstretch of Churchill Downs. The Todd Pletcher trainee lost his left eye to an infection earlier in his career, but reportedly does not seem unsettled by his reduced vision.
The Washington Post reports Patch will not be the first horse to compete in the Derby with only one eye. The last one was Storm In May, who ran in the 2007 edition of the race.
According to the Post, it's unlikely Patch is completely unable to see on his left side. Horses' vision works differently than humans' and allows them to see about 350 degrees around their bodies. Each eye can see directly in front of the horse, but also a little to the opposite side of center, which means Patch can probably see some of what takes place to his left, although experts agree a jostle on that side may take him a little by surprise.
A retrospective study by the New Bolton Center found that the majority of horses who'd had an eye removed returned to their original profession after recovery.
Read more at The Washington Post
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