One-eyed horse ready to Run for the Roses

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Mike Hartsock has details on a sentimental favorite in Saturday's race.

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Athletes often talk about battling adversity to compete, but what about those athletes who can’t talk. Twenty horses will line up to run the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but one of them has to focus on a lot more than just the competition.

Patch is a 3 year-old thoroughbred who is missing his left eye, the result of an ulcer that never healed. In a sport where every corner is a left turn you would think Patch might have some trouble, but owner Todd Pletcher says that’s not been the case.

“Around the barn he’s a consummate pro,” Pletcher said. “On the race track he’s done everything right and taken everything like an old seasoned pro.”

Patch will make his fourth career start on Saturday. Right now his odds are 30-1.