A horse named after New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is set to race at the Kentucky Derby. The thoroughbred, aptly named Gronkowski, won the Burradon Stakes in England on Friday, qualifying the Kentucky-bred colt for the venerable May 5 race at Churchill Downs. For the first time, the race is allotting one spot in the 20-horse field to a European-based horse. Trained by Jeremy Noseda and ridden by Jamie Spencer, Gronkowski moved ahead of Mendelssohn on the European Derby leaderboard. “We’ve had this dream, and now the dream is alive,” Noseda told At The Races after the horse’s

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