Horse Named After Rob Gronkowski Out of Kentucky Derby, Instilled Regard Added

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 23, 2018

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski faces reporters during a news conference following an NFL football practice Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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The horse named in honor of Rob Gronkowski is out of the field for the 2018 Kentucky Derby while battling a "slight infection," according to Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden

Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman reported Instilled Regard is now in line to compete at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Gronkowski discussed the news on his Twitter account:

Rob Gronkowski @RobGronkowski

It’s unfortunate Gronkowski the horse will not be able to race in the upcoming Kentucky Derby due to an illness. I fully support what is best for the horse. I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him race again very soon.

Gronkowski the horse picked up a pair of victories last month, winning a Kentucky Derby condition stakes event on March 7 before finishing first in the Burradon Stakes on March 30.

Trainer Jeremy Noseda previously told Racing Post's Jon Lees that Gronkowski had suffered a "minor setback" and his team would take the next day to determine whether the colt would be healthy enough to run the Derby on May 5.

The New England Patriots tight end announced April 18 he had purchased a stake in the horse.