Rob Gronkowski

Belmont notebook: Gronkowski cheers on Gronkowski

Belmont notebook: Gronkowski cheers on Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski the man was set to meet Gronkowski the horse Saturday, shortly before the Belmont Stakes contender went out to take his shot at disrupting Justify’s Triple Crown bid.

A former trainer named Gronkowski after the New England Patriots tight end, because both the colt and the NFL star have tall, powerful frames.

And Gronkowski the man added to the story when he bought a piece of the horse before a planned start in the Kentucky Derby.

Gronkowski the horse missed the Derby with a slight infection. He arrived at Belmont Park on a four-race winning streak, but because he’d never run on dirt or gone more than a mile, did not generate Patriots-level...

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