Gronkowski Bound For U.S. Prep After Derby Points Victory At Kempton

After Kentucky Derby contender Gronkowski earned 20 points and his third consecutive win Wednesday in Great Britain, trainer Jeremy Noseda indicated the colt would likely next be seen in either the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

Gronkowski was the odds-on favorite in Wednesday’s $67,000 Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton Park, and he rolled to a 3/4-length victory over the racetrack’s all-weather surface at a mile. The 20 points he earned place him in a tie with Saxon Warrior on the new European Road to the Kentucky Derby. Saxon Warrior isn’t expected to travel overseas this spring but Noseda said on his Twitter feed that Gronkowski came of the race well and will point for a Derby prep start next month in the U.S.

Like the Japanese Road to the Kentucky Derby, the European series guarantees a spot in the starting gates to the horse who earns the most points. Last year, no Japanese horse took advantage of the opportunity but Noseda and Gronkowski’s owners, Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited, have shown interest and are now looking to earn more points in the U.S.

The next stop on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby is Friday’s Patton Stakes at Dundalk in Ireland, featuring Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Mendelssohn.

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