California Chrome Owner Steve Coburn Calls Out “Cowards” After Triple Crown Loss (Video)
The Triple Crown is the highest achievement that can be attained in horse racing, but complaints that the way the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes are set up—them being unfairly weighted against potential Triple Crown winners—are starting to get louder. One of those complaints was particularly loud after Sunday’s Belmont Stakes race, and it came from California Chrome owner Steve Coburn.
California Chrome was on track to win the Triple Crown if he’d come out on top in the Belmont Stakes, but he was running against a pack of fresh horses who hadn’t raced in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. You can definitely understand Coburn’s frustration, and he’s not alone in thinking that the system is unfair.
Coburn expressed his displeasure in a post-race interview with NBC’s Kenny Rice, during which he called the owners of fresh horses in the Belmont “cowards.” It’s sure to be a controversial statement, albeit one that was obviously made in the heat of the moment.
You can watch it below: