Kentucky Derby hopefull Gronkowski to miss the Run for the Roses

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Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski will miss next week's Run for the Roses.

Gronkowski the horse, a 3-year-old colt, will resume training next week in preparation for his USA debut in June's Belmont Stakes, his owners announced.

While an ill-timed illness knocked him out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), the connections of stakes victor Gronkowski plan to point him to the Belmont Stakes (G1).

Tom Ludt, who oversees Phoenix Thoroughbreds' worldwide operations, says the horse spiked a fever last weekend and was treated with antibiotics. "He's extremely strong and we are excited about getting him to the compete at the Belmont".

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Phoenix Thoroughbreds said Gronkowski was responding well to antibiotics.

Gronkowski won't be scoring a touchdown at the Kentucky Derby.

There's still no word on when we might see Rob Gronkowski in a Patriots uniform, but at least his horse is on the mend. He's going to need a bit more time.

When the football player found that out, he bought a stake in the colt last week and was due to meet his namesake at Churchill Downs in the buildup to the race, which takes place May 5. "But we must put the welfare of the horse first and we will look forward to the colt recovering quickly and to his future races".