Oy Vey! Not. There have been a number of horses who have raced successfully who have lost an eye. I don't think they have to announce it in the same way that they announce that a horse has lost his testicles or is pregnant.
Intersting, but not really relevant unless perhaps it's a first time starter.
Storm in May, who ran in the 2007 Derby, is blind in one eye, and it was talked about extensively in the run up to the Derby, but for a regular race with a one-eyed horse, I don't they announce that information.
It would seem that racers horses with only one eye will run with their heads turned slightly to compensate for what vision they lost.
Horses I've known with only sight in one eye developed the habit of cocking their heads approaching jumps out foxhunting. But my one-eyed tb, who raced over timber that way- never cocked his head. I'd find myself trying to cock his head for him approaching a jump out hunting, and it really pissed hi off!
There are some known and old Standardbreds that were blind in either one eye or both.
Pal o' Mine
Dottie's Pick was practically blind in one eye
and more. . . .
There's a rare diseases in horses known as "moon blindness".
Another disease cause by face flies is Musca autumnalis.
It's also quite common for older broodmares (although not racing) to become blind.
On a side note; the USTA Hoof Beats offered a 1994 article on blind caretaker (Billy Pitcock).
There is a horse by the same sire as my Rasor D named Left Early who was missing one eye as a result of an accident in his very early years; his blue collar racing career was nearly as long as Rasor's.
Originally Posted by EponaRoan
I don't think they have to announce it in the same way that they announce that a horse has lost his testicles or is pregnant.
There are pregnant horses running? Clearly I haven't been reading the Form closely enough.
My middle gelding had ovder 50 starts and 8 wins, and only had one eye - appparently he lost it as a foal. He'd race in a closed cup blinker to protect the empty sockety, and would swing wide and run in the middle of the stretch. Sometimes a horse on his outside would catch him, but if they were on his inside, he'd give a hard run.
We always seem to have one or two mares racing in foal here at MNR (not mine specifically, but here at our track).
They don't usually announce it "so and so is racing in foal" like they do with blinks on/off or lasix on/off but there is a list posted in the racing office with the names of the mares in foal, last cover date and the covering sire.
Jessi Pizzurro ~~ Pennyroyal Stables
Racehorses, OTTBs ~~ 330 383 1281
Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway. -- John Wayne
And like Jessie said, the mares in foal have to be declared in the office. Stud fees have to be paid I think which is contray to many terms where the fee is due when a live foal is born or nurses. We raced two in foal to about their 8th month.
I don't know what his race name was, but my friend has a gelding (raced as a colt) who was born with one eye. I remember her telling me that his race name was something meaning "one eye" but I can't recall what it was.
He won a bit, but not enough for stud duties afterwards.
I thought I read somewhere - many, many years ago - that blind horses were required to wear white blinkers w/ a closed cup over the sightless eye to alert the other jockeys - and perhaps the racing public as well - of the blindness.
I remember I heard that around the time Cassiopeia(?) was racing.