Kentucky Derby hopeful Gronkowski has suffered a setback that has threatened his participation in the Churchill Downs showpiece.
The colt, named after NFL ace Rob Gronkowski, was booked to fly to Kentucky this weekend.
However, trainer Jeremy Noseda said on Monday: “We’ve had a minor setback and we will know where we are in the next 24 hours.”
Gronkowski, unbeaten in four star starts on the all-weather, earned his place in the Kentucky Derby field with victory in the Listed Burradon Stakes at Newcastle on Good Friday, earning enough qualifying points to guarantee him a start.
Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, his naming after New England Patriots tight end Gronkowski has won him a big following in the US, further boosted when the NFL player took a stake in the colt’s ownership.
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