In addition to flying you where you want, when you want, among the perks jet card memberships provide is VIP access to marquee sporting events, hotel discounts and membership fees waived. We take you behind the scenes with Sentient Jet at the recent 2018 Belmont Stakes.

 

We first started to sense one of our favorite football players might be teaming up with Sentient Jet when we saw the New England Patriot’s all-star tight end climbing aboard a private jet after a vacation in Jamaica with girlfriend Camille Kostek and tagging the Boston-based seller of jet card memberships, which happens to be a regular on the thoroughbred horse racing circuit. And of course, at the Belmont Stakes, there was this horse named Gronkowski. We also spotted Gronk boarding an @SentientJet private jet “Belmont bound to cheer on Team Gronkowski (The horse).”  Yes, we didn’t major in math, but we can usually add 2+2 together. 

 

While perks and freebies are not the main reason folks should choose a jet card provider, they definitely have a place in the decision-making process depending on what you enjoy and what would be a bother to procure on your own. Sentient Jet’s package of upgrades and freebies by our count is valued at over $125,000. Other providers such as NetJets, Wheels Up and XOJET have fairly broad offerings and many other providers have at least some luxury and lifestyle partnerships. In some cases, such as The Masters or Super Bowl, it’s VIP hospitality or preferred access. Sentient Jet, which has focused on thoroughbred horse racing, brings Bobby Flay to the Kentucky Derby each year for a members’ only breakfast. It also uses its sponsorships to raise awareness for Homes For Our Troops, which builds homes for post 9-11 veterans who suffered traumatic injuries.

 

Now from America’s Best Racing, we share screenshots from the behind the scenes video of Gronk meeting Gronk at the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

Sentient Jet and Wheels Up were both sponsors of horses at The 2018 Belmont Stakes

Amer Abdulaziz Salman (below), the owner of Gronkowski, the horse, gets into the spirit of the day by donning a Sentient Jet baseball cap.

Horse racing owner Amer Abdulaziz Salman at The 2018 Belmont Stakes with Sentient Jet

Co-star Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski makes his entrance to the Owner’s Box at Belmont Park in Queens, New York ahead of the big race.

Rob Gronkowski is an ambassador for Sentient Jet

While the other Gronkowski does his pre-game prep down at the race track.

Jet card seller Sentient Jet sponsors Gronkowski, the horse

And then there are the co-stars, including Gronk girlfriend and model/actress Camille Kostek…

Rob Gronkowski girlfriend and Sentient Jet flier Camille Kostek

…Gronkowski family head, Gordon Gronkowski, father of the Patriots’ star…

Gordon Gronkowski

…NBC stars Jimmy Fallon (left) and Bob Costas preparing to interview Gronk, the human, before the race…

Bob Costas and Jimmy Fallon

…and those pants Jimmy!

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Everyone wants to meet Gronk, even if they are rooting for dad Bob Baffert’s Justify and a second Triple Crown in four years…

Triple Crown trainer Bob Baffert and Sentient Jet ambassador Rob Gronkowski

…and Sentient Jet’s President Andrew Collins who has been leading the charge to bring awareness to Homes For Our Troops via its racing sponsorships.

Sentient Jet President Andrew Collins roots on Gronkowski at The Belmont Stakes

We’re not sure about horse boss Abdulaziz Salman thinks about Gronk’s strategy for the race.

Jockey Jose Ortiz (below), playing the role of Tom Brady for the race.

Jose Ortiz on Gronkowski before the 2018 Belmont Stakes

And they’re off! After a slow start, Gronkowski finishes second to Triple Crown winner Justify.

And while second place may not work out in football, in horse racing everyone seems happy!

Gronkowski places second at the Belmont Stakes

You can watch the full video here.

And if you want the easy way to fly privately, you can compare over 250 jet cards by more than 65 variables here.

Credit:  All screenshots from America’s Best Racing video

About the Author Doug Gollan

I am Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer's guide to jet card membership programs, and DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. I am also a contributor to Forbes.com