California Chrome Owner Says More Crazy Stuff About Triple Crown Before Finally Apologizing (Video)
After California Chrome failed to win the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, owner Steve Coburn did not hide his dissatisfaction with the triple crown system.
His horse won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but was beat in the Belmont by Tonalist, a horse that had raced in neither. So he got on live TV and said it wasn’t fair that his horse had to race a “fresh” horse. Then he called the owners who didn’t run the previous two legs of the triple crown “cowards.”
Afterward, some people called Coburn a sore loser, but he really did have a point. It wouldn’t be fair if the NBA Finals were contended by one team fresh off a six week vacation and another team that had just played three grueling playoffs series. Why should a horse who just ran two prestigious races have to go up against well-rested horses who didn’t even qualify for the other events?
Unfortunately, while talking to reporters on Sunday, Coburn didn’t use the sensible sports analogy I just used. Instead, he compared the triple crown to playing basketball against a kid in a wheelchair and getting a triple-scoop ice cream cone from Baskin Robbins.
Then he gave out his phone number. (It’s 775-901-3922, FYI.)
Of course, today Coburn finally came to his senses and realized he’s not going to run any triple crown races in the future if he keeps bad-mouthing everybody. So he went on Good Morning America and apologized.
But what do you think? Did Coburn need to apologize, or should he have continued to stand his ground—ridiculous analogies and all?
Personally, I was a fan of his cantankerous old rich guy schtick.