Partially blind 2017 Ky. Derby competitor retires at Old Friends

Patch, with assistant farm manager Antonio Marin, arrives at Old Friends

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WTVQ) – Patch, a one-eyed racing horse, retired at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement facility Monday.

Patch became the 2017 Kentucky Derby feel-good story when it was revealed he had lost his left eye as a two-year-old but still made it to the gate Churchill Downs.

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Calumet Farm, Patch’s owner, donated the horse following his three-season racing career.

He last raced in the Birdstone Stakes at Saratoga in August.

“Patch is a great horse and he has a great story,” said Old Friends founder and President Michael Blowen. “He is beloved by fans, and we are so looking forward to welcoming them this year.”

If you want to meet Patch, Old Friends says it’s planning a “Welcome Home Patch” day at the farm soon.