2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Update: Gronk is Out

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Update

The 2018 Kentucky Derby is a little less than a month away. To help online horse betting players prepare for this awesome event, we’ve been giving betting previews along the way. However, racebook punters looking to back the New England Patriots’ tight end, Rob Gronkowski, in this event will be disappointed. Let’s mulch over a 2018 Kentucky Derby betting update to cover those enthralling details.

2018 Kentucky Derby – Friday through Sunday, May 4th & 5th

When: Coverage kicks off 2:30 pm ET

Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky


Stream: NBC Extra

Distance: 1 ¼ miles || Dirt

For those who might not have known, Gronkowski, multiple Super Bowl winning champion and one of the best tight ends in the league, had a horse named after him. Gronkowski, the horse, was scheduled to compete in this year’s Derby. Unfortunately for both the tight end and the horse, it seems that an injury will keep Gronk from competing in the most exciting two minutes in sports. It’s kind of ironic however. After all, how likely is it that a horse named after an injury prone player would also suffer an injury? What are the sports parlay odds of that occurrence?

The news came from Phoenix Thoroughbreds ownership group, who is the majority owner of Gronkowski the horse. Early Monday morning, they announced that the steed had been overcome by a fever and would be unable to travel on down to Churchill Downs. This is disappointing news for many, but especially for Gronkowski. In fact, Gronk, who is a part owner of the horse, tweeted the following to display his mourning.

“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,” Gronk stated publically. “I know he will come back strong and healthy and I am excited to see him race again very soon.”

2018 Kentucky Derby Betting Update: No Derby for Gronk

After announcing Gronkowski’s withdrawal, the ownership group took to Twitter to give us a 2018 Kentucky Derby betting update. The group announced that Gronkowski the horse had been treated with antibiotics and was looking well. Originally, the horse had been scheduled to make the trip down to Louisville this weekend. In his absence, it will be hard to find a horse with a more recognizable name.

Interestingly enough, Tom Ludt, the head of operations for the ownership group, spoke with ESPN. During his conversation he informed ESPN that the recent string of bad luck had ‘no effect’ on Gronk’s original investment. According to Ludt, the Gronk family “bought it for the long term”. It shouldn’t be that surprising to see the Gronk family exhibit patience for an injury. Although some online horse betting players might not be familiar with the name, Gronk has had to deal with several injury-related setbacks. ‘They are still excited and hopefully we still make the Belmont,” Ludt said in closing his conversation with ESPN.”