Rob Gronkowski acquires 'substantial stake' in Kentucky Derby-bound racehorse Gronkowski

Ross Houston
April 19, 2018

The three-year-old colt Gronkowski, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, has won his last four starts, all on an all-weather surface, and is firmly on course for the "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs, following his last-time-out success at Newcastle.

Gronk, a son of champion Australian racehorse and sire Lonhro, was bought by Phoenix Thoroughbreds for more than $400,000 in England a year ago.

His interest in horse racing is entirely connected to the naming of the steed. Trainer Jeremy Noseda's family are big Patriots fans, so the horse was named after the player.


Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots tight end, bought a minority share in a horse named Gronkowski, who has qualified for the Kentucky Derby. They stand almost the same size: Gronk the man is 6-feet, 6-inches tall, while the horse is 6-feet, 5-inches (although horses are officially measured in hands and inches).

Terms of the deal with Gronkowski were not revealed. As everyone knows, Gronkowski is all about having fun. Admittedly, he hopes this opportunity will afford him the chance to ride horses on a regular basis.

There has been speculation this offseason that Gronkowski might walk away from football. Concussion protocol is real, and Gronk is looking out for number one.


The Wall Street Journal first reported news of Gronkowski's foray into horse racing. "Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse". "I like new hobbies", Gronkowski said.

Just days ago, the Patriots tight end opted to not attend OTA's because he had something more pressing he needed to tend to.


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