Derby Horse Storm in May Flying Half-Blind

Storm in May will be flying nearly blind in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Trainer Bill Kaplan paid $16,000 for the colt last April, getting the bargain basement deal because Storm in May is completely blind in his right eye.

"It doesn't affect him at all," Kaplan said Monday. "I knew I couldn't buy him for an owner, so I took him back to Calder and Felicity Waugh, my girlfriend, galloped him for four days.

"She's an understated girl, but said that he was the most well-behaved and steadiest horse she had ever galloped in her life."

Kaplan retains a one-quarter ownership in Storm in May, who has earned $450,000 for him and partners Teresa and David Palmer.

Storm in May might not be the cheapest horse in the Derby. Teuflesberg cost $9,000.

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