California Chrome's co-owner Steve Coburn erupts after Belmont loss
California Chrome's co-owner Steve Coburn went off after the colt's fourth-place finish in the Belmont. He called owners of other horses who didn't run in all three legs of the Triple Crown, 'cowards.'
Steve Coburn was furious after California Chrome finished in a dead heat for fourth on Saturday.
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The interview after Saturday’s Belmont Stakes conducted by NBC’s Kenny Rice with California Chrome’s co-owner, Steve Coburn, will go down with Richard Sherman’s outburst on FOX after the NFC Championship Game.
Here’s the blow by blow:
Transcribed off TV interview with NBC’s Kenny Rice.
Rice: Thank you, Tom (Hammond). It has been an incredible run for Steve Coburn and Perry Martin and all those with California Chrome. Throughout it all, Steve, it’s been an amazing ride. What were your thoughts as they turned for home?
Coburn: Well, I thought he’d stand his ground, but he didn’t have it in him apparently. You know what, he’s been in three, this is his third very big race. These other horses, they always sit them out. They sit them out and try to upset the applecart. I’ll never see — I’m 61 years old, and I’ll never see in my lifetime another Triple Crown winner because of the way they do this. It’s not fair to these horses that have been in the game since Day One. I look at it this way: If you can’t make enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby, you can’t run in the other two races.
Rice: So if you had your way, you would say you gotta run the Triple Crown or you cannot come up in the Belmont and be a fresh horse?
Coburn: That’s right. It’s all or nothing. It’s all or nothing. Because this is not fair to these horses that have been grunting their grunts out for these people, and for the people that believe in them, to have somebody come up ... This is the coward’s way out, in my opinion. This is the coward’s way out.
Rice: So you think they came right after your horse, and that was the plan, just like that have other potential Triple Crown winners?
Coburn: Yes, exactly. Our horse had a target on its back. Everybody else lays out one, or they won’t run in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. They’ll wait ’till the Belmont. You know what, if you’ve got a horse, run him in all three. If you’ve got a horse that earns points to run in the Kentucky Derby, those 20 horses that start the Kentucky are the only 20 eligible to run in all three races. This is the coward’s way out.
Rice: Steve, I know it’s a tough loss, we hope to see him down the road.
(Coburn’s wife then leaned in from behind to say something to him, and he turned around and shot back, “I don’t care.”)