Sunday, June 8, 2014

California Chrome owner Steve Coburn: I don't regret a damn thing I said

California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn is not backing down on scathing comments he made immediately following his horse's failed bid to complete the Triple Crown on Saturday.

After watching California Chrome get beat by Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, a horse who had not previously run in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, Coburn went on a rant about how it was unfair that his horse had to run in all three legs while others did not.

After having a night to sleep on it, Coburn continued to hammer home his opinion on Good Morning America on Sunday, adamantly claiming his animal was robbed of a fair shot at horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978.

To some, Coburn represents a classic case of being a sore loser. To others, he makes a legitimate point about the Triple Crown system. To me, for what it's worth, I stand somewhere in the middle. While I agree with Coburn that horses who do not run in all three races have an edge over others who do, I don't feel like it was the time and place for him to share his feelings, not within seconds of California Chrome being upset. It stole the spotlight away from Tonalist and his owners while painting Coburn out to be a sore loser.

Via The Big Lead

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