Gronkowski (the horse) finished second after being in last place early in the race.
Justify made history with his Belmont Stakes win by becoming only the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown. But one of the biggest surprises of the race came when Gronkowski (the horse) finished in second place.
Yes, that's right. There's a horse named after Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. He found out about his namesake around a year ago and became a part owner of the horse. Gronk even traveled to Belmont Park to watch Gronkowski race.
Justify led during the entire race, but Gronkoski miraculously finished in second place after being dead last early in the race. You better believe the jokes on Twitter were rolling.
It is the rarest of moments when a horse claims the Triple Crown. And when the history books ask what horse Justify beat to claim it, the answer will be Gronkowski.— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) June 9, 2018
Biggest story in sports should be Gronkowski finishing second in the Belmont (!!!!)— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) June 9, 2018
(... I’m kidding, but I love it.)
Wow what an amazing comeback by Gronk ... was getting annihilated and wound up finishing second.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 9, 2018
Just not sure you can Justify a Gronkowski trade now— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) June 9, 2018
Gronkowski finished second again. 😂— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) June 9, 2018
From last place early to nearly beat Justify. Gronkowski is certainly no donkey.— Charlie White (@c_write) June 9, 2018
Gronkowski would have won if he hadn’t skipped OTAs. Clearly out of shape.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) June 9, 2018
Justify was the morning line favorite to win the Belmont Stakes. Gronkowski entered the race at 12-1 odds.