Gronkowski could be making a run for the roses this May.
The horse famously named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski won the ”Road to the Kentucky Derby” Condition Stakes at Kempton Park outside London last week and earned 20 qualification points for the first race of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs in May.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained Gronkowski stays on course for a run in the Kentucky Derby with victory in our £50,000 feature under Jamie Spencer. pic.twitter.com/z42eu1Cody
— Kempton Park (@kemptonparkrace) March 7, 2018
The horse, which is the same height as the 6-5 All-Pro, will return to Kempton Park for another qualifier on March 30.
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“I love the New England Patriots, and as Rob Gronkowski is 6-5 and about the same wide, I thought it would be an appropriate name for the horse, as he’s built much the same,” owner Kerri Radcliffe told the Racing Post last month.
Gronkowski, the horse, has a career racing record of 3-0 while Gronkowski the tight end is 9-4 in playoff games with the Patriots.
The Kentucky Derby is nothing new for Gronk, the human. He attended the Derby in 2015 along with Patriots players Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.
But Gronk has had a tough go of things since New England lost the Super Bowl to the Eagles. His house was robbed and there were rumors he’d retire from the NFL due to injuries and pursue a career in either WWE or Hollywood.
A recent report suggested any entertainment endeavors, including acting, will wait as is expected Gronkowski to return to the field this upcoming season. NFL Media reported last month that the All-Pro will return after pondering his future.
Can the Gronks start 2018 off a huge upset in the Derby, we know it would be a major party regardless.
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