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UPDATE [5/6/17, 7:20 p.m. EST]: Always Dreaming won the 143th Kentucky Derby. His trainer, Todd Pletcher, also owns Patch, who finished in 14th place.

It probably comes as no surprise that in a competition filled with competitive thoroughbreds, the horse with only one eye has been a career underdog.

According to the “Today Show,” Patch the horse has been deemed the “lovable underdog” in this year's Kentucky Derby.

Not only is Patch missing his right eye, but he's been placed in position 20, which means he won't be able to see the rest of the field.

His odds aren't great. The Washington Post initially reported 30-1, though it edged down to around 13-1 by post time.

But his handler, Todd Pletcher, told the Post that he's actually happy that Patch didn't get placed in the center:

“It’s not ideal, but I guess the good part of it is he’s always been a very alert horse in the gate.”

Even though Patch won't be able to see his competition, at least there will be a horse on the track that keeps one eye on the prize.

The 143th Kentucky Derby is scheduled to begin at 6:46 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast live on NBC from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.