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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

Classic Empire draws ideal post position in Derby

  Classic Empire draws ideal post position in Derby Favorite Classic Empire drew an ideal post position Wednesday and will break from the No. 14 gate on Saturday in the 143rd Kentucky Derby. Classic Empire, last year’s 2-year-old champion and winner of the Arkansas Derby in his final prep, was installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. Classic Empire, last year’s 2-year-old champion and winner of the Arkansas Derby in his final prep, was installed as the 4-1 morning line favorite by oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. His trainer, Mark Casse, was sweating out the draw as the dreaded No. 1 position was still on the board when Classic Empire’s name was called.

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.

When three-year-old thoroughbred Patch takes to the starting gate at this year's Kentucky Derby Saturday, many people -- be it in the stands or watching on TV -- probably won't be aware that this is a very special horse .

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!


14-year-old Nikolas Toocheck has now run a marathon in all 50 states .
By crossing the finish line in Springfield, Vt., on Tuesday, 14-year-old Nikolas Toocheck accomplished something that few others have - he completed a three-year quest to run a marathon in all 50 states. Even cooler? The teen from West Chester, Pa., did it for a cause. He has raised funds for the Seva Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides critical vision care to people in need around the world.Lofty goals such as this are nothing new to Toocheck. He completed a marathon on every continent by the time he was 11 - the youngest ever to do so - to benefit Operation Worm.

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