Horse Named After Rob Gronkowski Will Not Compete in Kentucky Derby
The colt spiked a fever and will miss the Run for the Roses.
Gronkowski will not be racing in the Kentucky Derby. The horse, that is. 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 Thoroughbred, a global horse racing investment fund with about 130 horses in its racing and breeding operations and reported by The Wall Street Journal. In a tweet on Monday afternoon, Phoenix said that the horse cannot make the journey to Louisville, but is doing well.
We very much regret that #Gronkowski will miss the @KentuckyDerby after spiking a fever over the weekend and being treated with antibiotics. He can’t make the long journey to Louisville but is doing well pic.twitter.com/71CqtWnDub
— Phoenix Thoroughbred (@PhoenixThoroug1) April 23, 2018
Last week, it was announced that Phoenix had sold a minority stake in the horse to Rob Gronkowski, who was supposed to meet the horse before the race. After the news that horse Gronk will not be racing, the football star decided not to attend.
It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness. I fully support what is best for the horse. I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him race again very soon.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) April 23, 2018
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