California Chrome Owner Apologizes for Post-Race Rant
6/10/2014 4:45:18 AM
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."