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California Chrome Owner Apologizes for Post-Race Rant

Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome, apologized Monday for comments he 
made  following his  horse's  loss in  Saturday's  Belmont Stakes.  California 
Chrome  was trying  to become the first  Triple Crown winner in 36 years after 
capturing the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but finished in a dead heat 
for  fourth at  the Belmont  while Tonalist,  a newcomer  to the  Triple Crown 
series,  went  on to capture  the race. Coburn said  Saturday it was unfair to 
allow horses that did not run in either of the first two Triple Crown races to 
enter the Belmont, giving the fresher newcomers an advantage versus those that 
have already run through the grind of trying to complete the three-race series 
over  a  five-week stretch, going  so far  as to say  it was the "coward's way 
out."  Monday,  while appearing  on 'Good Morning  America,' Coburn offered an 
apology  to all racing fans, as well as Tonalist's connections, saying he "did 
not mean to take anything away from them." 

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