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Horse Named After Rob Gronkowski Will Race Belmont Stakes But Not Kentucky Derby

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Gronkowski is headed to New York.

Not the football player, but the horse named Gronkowski (after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski) will not be running in the Kentucky Derby next month as once hoped. He will however, make a run in the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes in New York.

The colt, which is based in England, had been scheduled to fly to Kentucky this weekend but will not make the trip due to a fever that spiked over the weekend, his owners announced earlier this month.

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Although Gronkowski won’t be competing at Churchill Downs, his owners announced Tuesday that he will race at Belmont Park.

Last week, the NFL veteran announced he had purchased a minority stake in the 3-year-old thoroughbred, winner of his last four races.

The Kentucky Derby post time is scheduled for 6:34 p.m. ET Saturday, though the actual race will start at 6:46 p.m. ET. If Gronkowski would have ran in the Derby he would have likely started the race at around 40-1 odds. Currently Justify (11/4) and Bolt D’oro (18/5) are the favorites to win Saturday’s “Run for the Roses.”

The first Triple Crown race will be followed by the Preakness Stakes on May 19, and the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

Attending horse races is nothing new for Gronk, the NFL player. He attended the Kentucky Derby in 2015 along with Patriots players Tom Brady and Julian Edelman.

June’s Belmont Stakes will be his first time attending the final leg of the Triple Crown — that is if Patriots coach Bill Belichick will allow his Pro Bowl tight end attend without causing too much off-the-field drama.

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