Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots star tight end, has acquired "a substantial stake" in his namesake Thoroughbred, Gronkowski, in advance of the May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

"We are very excited to have this talented racehorse running in the Derby and to have Rob Gronkowski join our team," said Tom Ludt, who directs Phoenix Thoroughbreds' global racing and bloodstock operations. "His involvement only adds to our growing credentials worldwide and can help us introduce the best of horse racing to a whole new audience."

Gronkowski, the horse, is a son of Lonhro and is based in England with trainer Jeremy Noseda. He earned an invitation to the Kentucky Derby by earning the most points in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

The Gronk Nation website reported that Rob Gronkowski and his entourage would be in attendance at the Kentucky Derby.