Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski just purchased a partial ownership stake in the 3-year old Kentucky Derby Bound thoroughbred horse named after him. Human Gronk will be in attendance at Churchill Downs on May 5 to cheer on Gronkowski as he makes his run for the roses.
Horse Gronk qualified for the Derby by spiking the field in the Burradon Stakes in England, and is considered a derby longshot, but will almost certainly be crowd favorite as he makes his Triple Crown debut against the less cool horses in the field.
Horse named Gronkowski just won the Burradon Stakes in England and has qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby pic.twitter.com/QkJlkPdVbS
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 30, 2018
Gronk spoke with The Wall Street Journal and said he’s excited to meet horse Gronk, but more importantly he wants to know when he can ride the horse:
“I’ve never dealt with horses,” he said. “Hopefully I can get a ride on the horse.”
When it was pointed out that a football player listed at 265 pounds might be too heavy for a horse that typically carries a 115-pound jockey, Gronkowski admitted he has a lot to learn.
“That’s what I want to know,” he said. “I’m not trying to ride it for a full speed ride. I just want to get the feel of what it’s like to be on top of one. Maybe I’ll go for a full speed ride once I get comfortable.”
Maybe it’s not such a good idea for 265-pound Gronk to break in the horse before the biggest race of the year, but everyone can agree that this needs to happen as soon as possible. For the record, Gronkowski was not the horse spotted partying in a Miami Beach nightclub last month.
WATCH: Mokai Lounge in Miami Beach under fire after video surfaced of a horse inside the nightclub pic.twitter.com/C7Saz3q20a
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) March 9, 2018