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Gronkowski will not race in Kentucky Derby 144

Kentucky Derby 144
Kentucky Derby 144
Updated: Apr. 23, 2018 at 4:29 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Gronkowski will not be racing in Derby 144.

According to a release from Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Gronkowski has a "slight infection" and can't make the international trip to America. The horse spiked a fever over the weekend and has been on antibiotics.

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"We are beyond disappointed that Gronkowski will miss the Kentucky Derby," said Tom Ludt, who directs Phoenix's international operations. "To have a Derby contender with our first group of three-year-olds was a dream come true, and to have had New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski join us on that journey made it even more exciting. 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."

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Named after the NFL All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, Gronkowski was expected to ship to Churchill Downs this weekend.

Gronkowski is still expected to make the trip to the Derby.

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