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Well at least Gronkowski the horse is coming back -- colt plans to run Belmont Stakes

John Tomase
April 24, 2018 - 2:23 pm

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.

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

The equine Gronk has been sidelined with an infection, which forced him to skip the Kentucky Derby. But his owners, Phoenix Thoroughbreds, announced on Tuesday that the horse is on antibiotics and should return to the track next week.

"Gronkowski the horse is recovering very well from a small infection," said Tom Ludt, VP of equine operations for Phoenix Thoroughbreds, in a press release. "He's extremely strong and we are excited about getting him to the U.S. to compete at The Belmont."

Gronk the horse shares more than just a name with Gronk the football player. The Patriots tight end bought a share in the thoroughbred recently and the expectation is the colt will compete in November's Breeder's Cup at Churchill Downs.

"This horse is a fighter and a winner," Gronkowski said, per the release. "As an athlete, I understand the need for rest and recovery time. I'm glad that he's recovering quickly, and I look forward to meeting him soon and taking some selfies!"

Gronk the horse is mammoth, standing at 16.3 hands and weighing over 1,200 pounds. He was sired by Lohro, a former racehorse of the year in Australia, and descends from Lookin at Lucky, the 2010 Preakness champ.