Gronkowski will not travel to America for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs after spiking a temperature.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained colt is named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who last week acquired a share in the horse in anticipation of watching him in the ‘Run for the Roses’ on Saturday week.
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But those dreams are now over as the son of Australian stallion Lonhro, who is unbeaten in four starts, suffered a setback.
Owners Phoenix Thoroughbreds made the announcement on Twitter.
“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,” Phoenix said.