California Chrome failed to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 36 years yesterday at the Belmont Stakes. Instead, the famous thoroughbred tied for fourth place.
The winning horse at Belmont, Tonalist, did not run at the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes, while California Chrome has run all three races.
During a post-race interview yesterday (video below), California Chrome's owner Steve Coburn blasted horse owners who did not run their horses in all three races.
"It's all or nothing," Coburn told NBC Sports. "It's not fair to these horses that are running their guts out. This is a coward's way out. If you've got a horse that earns points, that runs in the Kentucky Derby, those horses should be the only ones who should run in all three races."
“This is a coward’s way out, in my opinion. If you’ve got a horse, run him in all three," Coburn concluded.
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At one point, his wife tried to stop him from complaining on the air, but Coburn told her, "I don't care!"
Coburn is technically correct. Besides California Chrome, only two other horses, Ride On Curlin and General A Rod, raced in all three Triple Crown contests this year.
California Chrome did sustain an injury during the race to his right front hoof, which was bleeding as he was led into his barn.
Coburn was still mad this afternoon when he told "Good Morning America" that he stood by his "coward" remarks and offered some rather creative analogies, noted Deadspin.com (video below).
“If you go to Baskin Robbins and ask for a triple scoop, and you get one, you’re going to be upset about that,” stated Coburn.
“It wouldn’t be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair, because I’ve got the upper advantage,” added Coburn.
Coburn also went on the "Today" show this morning and growled about the loss.
“There’s more trainers and owners that do not want to see a Triple Crown than those who do,” Coburn told NBC News. “Yesterday was a fine example of that.”
“It’s all about money. Not about the horses or the sport. It’s all about the pocket book,” Coburn seethed. “It’s a coward’s shot at the others. If it doesn’t change, I will never see a Triple Crown winner."