Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski will miss next week’s Run for the Roses.
Phoenix Thoroughbreds said Gronkowski spiked a fever over the weekend as well as was immediately treated with antibiotics. While the sudden illness seems minor as well as the colt has been eating heartily as well as otherwise responding well to treatment, the condition will prevent his shipment to Louisville, according to a news Discharge by Churchill Downs Racetrack.
“We are beyond disappointed which Gronkowski will miss the Kentucky Derby,” Tom Ludt, who directs Phoenix’s international operations, said inside Discharge. “To have a Derby contender with our first group of three-year-olds was a dream come true, as well as to have had brand new England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski join us on which journey made the item even more exciting. however we must put the welfare of the horse first as well as we will look forward to the colt recovering quickly as well as to his future races.”
Gronkowski, who can be undefeated in three starts This kind of year, will be given time off by training to fully recover by the illness.
By winning the Burradon Stakes at Newcastle racecourse in England on March 30, Gronkowski earned the first European slot inside Kentucky Derby under the points system created by Churchill Downs. Trained by Jeremy Noseda, he was to be ridden inside Derby by regular jockey Jamie Spencer.
Just a few days prior to the onset of the colt’s illness, brand new England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski — for whom the horse was named — took an ownership stake inside horse as well as had planned to visit him as well as the Phoenix team at Churchill Downs during Derby week festivities.
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