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Gronkowski's ex-trainer reportedly had (different) horse test positive for cocaine

Gronkowski, shown here training for the Belmont Stakes, finished second in the final jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The horse's former trainer, Jeremy Noseda, is expected to face a fine after one of his horses allegedly tested positive for cocaine.
Gronkowski, shown here training for the Belmont Stakes, finished second in the final jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The horse's former trainer, Jeremy Noseda, is expected to face a fine after one of his horses allegedly tested positive for cocaine. Associated Press

Lost in the celebration of Justify's Triple Crown sweep on Saturday, and the controversy sparked by Mike Repole's comments on Sunday, was just how well Gronkowski ran in the Belmont Stakes.

The English import made a strong late move to finish second for trainer Chad Brown, who had taken over for for Jeremy Noseda before the owners brought the colt to America.

Considering that Gronkowski had won his last four starts in the UK, there was a question as to why the change in trainers?

Now we know.

According to The Guardain, the horse Walk In The Sun, trained by Noseda, tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine after winning a race at Lingfield.

It's not the first time that Noseda has faced such an accusation. Two years ago, the trainer was fined after temazepam was found in a sample that also included a metabolite of cocaine.

Noseda had trained Gronkowski through April before majority owner Phoenix Thorougbreds moved their 14 horses from Noseda to Brown, the Eclipse Award-winning trainer who won last year's Preakness with Cloud Computing and finished second in this year's Kentucky Derby with Good Magic.

Walk In The Sun, a 3-year-old unbeaten in his two starts, is now with trainer Martyn Meade. He is expected to run at Royal Ascot next week, according to The Guardian.

As for Gronkowski, he paid off big for his namesake Rob Gronkowski, who purchased a share of the horse before the Kentucky Derby. A minor injury caused the horse to skip the Run for the Roses and point to the Belmont, where he went off at 25-1. Rob Gronkowski, who was at Belmont Park, reportedly bet $69 on the horse to place.

Since Gronkowski, the horse, paid $13.80 to place, that would make the payout $952.20.

Hat tip to the Paulick Report.

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