Sport Meet the one-eyed Kentucky Derby horse that everybody is falling in love with

04:31  03 may  2017
04:31  03 may  2017 Source:   ftw.usatoday.com

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  5 Kentucky Derby betting tips to help you win money, from a Churchill Downs expert A Churchill Down race analyst is here to help make you some money.That means it's time to start checking the early odds on the potential contenders and to start thinking about who to bet on.

It takes a special type of horse to qualify for the Kentucky Derby . One of trainer Todd Pletcher's five horses in this year's field has gone through more than Get new episodes of shows you love across devices the next day, stream local news live, and watch full seasons of CBS fan favorites anytime

He may not be a favorite to win Derby 143, but make no mistake, Patch is a favorite on the backside of Churchill Downs. The Derby contender with one eye .

File Photo © File Photo File Photo It's Kentucky Derby week, and in case you were among those looking around for a horse to root for (or maybe even bet on), allow us to introduce you to Patch, a one-eyed horse that is fast becoming the "feel good" story of the contest.

Patch lost his eye after it became badly inflamed last year, the cause of which remains unknown. But he's recovered well, The Courier-Journal's Danielle Lerner reports, so much that his racing has made it through unimpaired.

"It's a credit to him and his professionalism that he was able to adapt so seamlessly to it," Pletcher said. "I was concerned that it might compromise his ability in some way or the way he carried himself. I guess you don't know for sure but it certainly doesn't seem like it has."

We know who we'll be pulling for this week!

Always Dreaming is 4-5 early favorite for Preakness .
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming was made the early 4-5 favorite for the Preakness on Wednesday. Four of his rivals are back to take him on in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Ridden by John Velazquez, Always Dreaming will break from the No. 4 post in the 10-horse field Saturday. Thirteen winners have started from there, most recently Curlin in 2007."It's fine," said Todd Pletcher, noting that Always Dreaming had the No. 4 post in the Florida Derby and No. 5 in the Kentucky Derby, two of his four victories this year. "He's usually a very good horse coming away from the gate.

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