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Sport Report: Status of Gronkowski, the horse, in jeopardy for Kentucky Derby

20:06  23 april  2018
20:06  23 april  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Gronk the NFL player to buy a stake in Gronk the horse

  Gronk the NFL player to buy a stake in Gronk the horse Gronk, a racehorse bound for the Kentucky Derby, will soon be partially owned by Gronk, an NFL player who was in the Super Bowl two months ago. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will acquire a minority stake in Gronkowski, the 3-year-old colt who will run in the Derby on May 5, according to the Wall Street Journal.“I’ve never dealt with horses,” Gronkowski the human said. “Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse.”Told that he weighs 150 pounds more than the jockey who will ride Gronkowski the horse in the Kentucky Derby, Gronkowski the human said that’s OK.“That’s what I want to know,” he said.

Activate your digital access. Gronkowski 's status for Kentucky Derby reportedly in jeopardy . Background: A horse named Gronkowski just earned a spot in the 2018 Kentucky Derby .

Phoenix Thoroughbreds, owner of Gronkowski , announced Monday afternoon that the horse developed a slight infection over the weekend. Background: Gronkowski 's status for Kentucky Derby reportedly in jeopardy .

Rob Gronkowski© REUTERS/Chris Wattie Rob Gronkowski Gronkowski, named for New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski, has suffered a setback that has jeopardized his participation in the Kentucky Derby, RacingPost.com reported Monday.

“We’ve had a minor setback, and we will know where we are in the next 24 hours,” trainer Jeremy Noseda told RacingPost.com.

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Additional details about the setback were not immediately available.

Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred, Gronkowski has a 4-1-0 record in six career starts and won the Burradon Stakes on March 30 at Newcastle to clinch an invite to the Run for the Roses via the European Road to the Kentucky Derby.

No Kentucky Derby for Gronkowski the horse

  No Kentucky Derby for Gronkowski the horse Anyone hoping to see Rob Gronkowski celebrating his namesake horse’s win at this year’s Kentucky Derby will have to find something else to root for at the track. Gronkowski the horse will not be running at Churchill Downs on May 5. After a report on Monday of a “setback” that could dash plans for a [ more ]Gronkowski the horse will not be running at Churchill Downs on May 5. After a report on Monday of a “setback” that could dash plans for a Derby run, the horse’s owners announced that the horse has indeed been scratched. The horse ran a fever over the weekend that required antibiotics and won’t be making the trip to Louisville as a result.

Gronkowski , the horse , has been withdrawn from the Kentucky Derby . The 3-year-old colt, named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski , spiked a fever over the weekend and is being treated with antibiotics, according to owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds

We very much regret that # Gronkowski will miss the @ KentuckyDerby after spiking a fever over the weekend and being treated with antibiotics. It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness.

All six of Gronkowski’s races have come on either turf or an all-weather surface, meaning the Kentucky Derby would be his first-ever start on dirt. He also has never raced farther than a mile.

Gronkowski had been scheduled to ship to Louisville this weekend.

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Gronkowski, the NFL star tight end, recently bought a share in the horse.

“I really can’t think of anything cooler than having a top-class thoroughbred named after me,” Gronkowski said in a news release, “except maybe having him win the Derby.”

If Gronkowski can’t make it, Combatant would move to No. 20 on the Kentucky Derby points list and into the 20-horse field for the Derby. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Combatant is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Arkansas Derby on April 14 at Oaklawn Park.

Trainer Lukas savoring first Kentucky Derby berth since 2015 .
The smile on D. Wayne Lukas' face shows how much he still loves what he's doing.The 82-year-old trainer Hall of Fame trainer is still going strong, and especially enjoys this week. Lukas is back in the Kentucky Derby for the first time since 2015 with colt Bravazo running on Saturday, which has the four-time winner savoring being part of horse racing's crown jewel.

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