Kentucky Derby Horse Profile: Patch

Horses don’t usually contest the Kentucky Derby after three career starts, but the improving Todd Pletcher-trained Patch could be one that does.

Patch at Fair Grounds Racecourse and is trained by Todd Pletcher (Vance Hanson Photo)

Patch, who lost his left eye in a track accident before he raced, did not start until Jan. 15, when he finished second in a Gulfstream Park maiden. He won a maiden on the same track Feb. 18, and with this experience was sent to Fair Grounds for the 1–1/8 mile Louisiana Derby (G2).

There Patch put in a very solid performance, settling midfield before rallying strongly in the stretch to beat all but the talented and professional Risen Star Stakes (G2) winner Girvin. It earned him 40 points in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which has been enough to earn a start since the qualifying points system was introduced.

Patch is a Calumet Farm homebred from the first crop of the 2012 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Union Rags. His dam Windyindy (by A.P. Indy) is a three-race winner who has also produced the Indiana Oaks (G2) victor Tiz Windy. Windyindy is out of Unbridled Wind, a sister to the champion U.S. 3-year-old filly Banshee Breeze.

Patch usually races off the speed before rallying in the stretch. His racing style and his breeding suggests he could have enough stamina for the 1–1/4 mile Kentucky Derby.

Patch’s inexperience may not help him if he starts in the Kentucky Derby, but he is improving all the time, and his talent and stamina suggests he shouldn’t be ignored.

Patch finished second in the 2017 Louisiana Derby (Vance Hanson Photo)

by Alastair Bull