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ELMONT - It’s only fitting that Gronkowski trainer Chad Brown is well versed in the Patriot Way. The 39-year-old trainer will saddle the strapping dark brown colt named after Western New York native and All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski, on Saturday afternoon in the 150th Belmont Stakes. Introduced by one of his clients, Sol Kumin, Brown has had the good fortune of si…

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The horse named for Western New Yorker and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has suffered a setback and might not be able to run in the Kentucky Derby on May 5, RacingPost.com reported Monday. “We’ve had a minor setback, and we will know where we are in the next 24 hours,” trainer Jeremy Noseda told RacingPost.com. He did not specify the nature of the injury. The horse i…

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After several months of highlighting Derby preps in this space, it’s time to take a deep breath and return to our weekly racing notes for a week. Next week we’ll unveil our Derby Degrees of Separation post, a yearly rite of Derby passage, ranking the 20 probable starters. Check out last year’s column to see how well I fared (self-rated at a B+ rating). So what’s going o…

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There’s never a dull moment in Gronk Nation. Gronkowski, the horse, has a new owner with the same name. Perennial All-Pro tight end and Western New York native Rob Gronkowski acquired a stake in the 3-year-old colt headed to the Kentucky Derby to run for the roses on May 5 at Churchill Downs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Phoenix Thoroughbreds Ltd. joined …

Horse Racing

Everyone knows Buffalo native and New England Patriots All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski heads to the Kentucky Derby annually. This year, his namesake will be in the gate in Louisville on the First Saturday in May. Phoenix Throughbred's Gronkowski, a 3-year-old son of Lonhro (AUS) out of a Lookin at Lucky mare, garnered his fourth straight win on Friday in the Burrado…