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5:33 PM 04/18/2018
New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski bought minority stake in a horse named after him, called Gronk. The thoroughbred is set to run in the Kentucky Derby in May.
“Ive never dealt with horses,” Gronkowski explained in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday of the 3-year-old colt. “Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse.”
Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots walks off the field after his teams 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots 41-33. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Gronkowski said he knows he weighs more than the jockey that will ride Gronk in the big race on May 5, but it wont be about “speed” when he rides a horse for the first time.
“Thats what I want to know,” the New England player explained. “Im not trying to ride it for a full speed ride. I just want to get the feel of what its like to be on top of one. Maybe Ill go for a full speed ride once I get comfortable.”
“Its official, I am part of the Gronkowski Team! GRONK ACQUIRES A STAKE IN GRONK … THE KENTUCKY DERBY-BOUND RACEHORSE,” Gronkowski tweeted, along with a shot of the horse.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) April 18, 2018
In a video shared on YouTube Tuesday, fans got to see a behind-the-scenes glance at the horse named after the Patriots tight end.
Just like the all the wins Gronkowski has acquired, Gronk the horse has won all three of his races this year.