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Video California Chrome's Coburn: "This is the coward's way out! If you can't qualify in Derby and Preakness Don't run Belmont"


http://youtu.be/m8D9x4HhscM

The owner of champion California Chrome had strong words at the loss of his favored horse at Belmont.

Steve Coburn believes that horses who compete for the Triple Crown should be required to run all three races. He said that it was the "coward's way out" to lay off for one of the two (Derby or Preakness) events to come and destroy the chances of a valid contender who has "been running his guts out".

Another Belmont Bummer: Tonalist Spoils California Chrome’s Triple Crown Bid

Co-owner Steve Coburn appeared irate during a televised interview after the race, criticizing those who skipped the Derby or Preakness to stay fresh for Saturday.

“This is not fair to these horses,” said Coburn, adding he doesn’t believe he’ll ever see a Triple Crown winner in the current format. “This is a coward’s way out. … Our horse has a target on its back.”

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2014/06/07/another-belmont-bumme...

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The guy's an idiot and sore loser. In the history of the...

...Triple Crown, this is how it's been done.

Where is it written that any horse must run all 3 races?

That is exaclty why it's so special when a horse does win all three.

What an idiot.

I'll bet this guy is a full-on big-government liberal, crying about how "UNFAIR" life is all the time...and how government should level the playing field.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
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Yup. Sore Loser.

I follow horse racing somewhat closely and I do not feel bad for him. The Preakness this year was a joke -- a small and completely unworthy field. It was basically handed to California Chrome on a silver platter. While the Belmont field was stronger, two of the best horses, Social Inclusion and Intense Holiday, were late scratches. And what separated previous Triple Crown winners like Secretariat and Affirmed is it frankly didn't matter what horse they competed against (young, old, amateur, experienced, etc). California Chrome had a good post position, had a good start out of the gate, had an opening at the end (was not interfered with), and didn't have enough gas for a final push. End of story.

Ya duh...

And California Chrome was injured right out of the gate. Eat it.

I'm not knowledgeable about this topic

All I can say is owners should have the freedom to enter and put their horse in the best position to win. That is all.

On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.

He should have protested the fresh horses before the race then.

But he would have looked like a kook if he had protested fresh horses before the race. He knows the rules and the history of the races.

Yes, there's a trophy for the triple crown - but it is NOT a triple crown race series - it is three separate races, each stands on its own.

He's just a sore loser and made a fool of himself.

Two minutes and twenty four seconds!!!

That is the winning record setting time of a winning horse (by 31 lengths!!) in 1973. Secretariat broke the record by three seconds and finished six ahead of second place. (Without nasal tape even)

The winning time this year was 2:28:52 more for fourth place Chrome. Chrome is a mediocre horse that an owner is trying to sell as a great horse. Why? Money. He should do as others here have already said, do the loser dance and humbly say good bye.

The two owners had a good time participating in a special sport and got so caught up in the winning dream they made themselves look worse that losers.

Have a blessed day.

The night is far spent, the day is at hand.
And those who have not heard shall understand.

Horse racing is not

A Winston Cup race. I ran in cross country in high school every week. The other schools let there runners run every other week. No wonder our school kept losing. They rested. LOL Chrome got to much hype. The horse wasn't a war horse. A horse is a horse of course unless its the wonderful Mr. ED HELLoooo Willford Brimley look alike, Your horse lost. Leave it at that. Just do a loser dance. You'll be fine. Sell the horse. Or stud it out. Maybe sent it free.

VIDEO: Why Coburn is right about the Belmont

California Chrome ran his third Triple Crown race in five weeks. Only two other horses in the 11-horse Belmont field also ran in all three. Ride On Curlin was last and General a Rod was seventh.

Tonalist's previous race was here May 10 when he won the Peter Pan Stakes. He had previously not raced since February.

"It says Triple Crown. You nominate your horse for the Triple Crown. That means three," said Coburn. "Even … the Triple Crown trophy has three points on it. … Those 20 horses that start in the Kentucky Derby should be the only 20 allowed to run in the Preakness and the Belmont for the Triple Crown."

The last three horses to win the Triple Crown – in the 1970s – hardly ran in Belmont fields loaded with horses who'd run all three races.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/horseracing/2014/06/08/...

I saw that after the race and

I saw that after the race and all I could think was that he is a ridiculously sore loser.

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VIDEO: Why Coburn is right about the Belmont

California Chrome ran his third Triple Crown race in five weeks. Only two other horses in the 11-horse Belmont field also ran in all three. Ride On Curlin was last and General a Rod was seventh.

Tonalist's previous race was here May 10 when he won the Peter Pan Stakes. He had previously not raced since February.

"It says Triple Crown. You nominate your horse for the Triple Crown. That means three," said Coburn. "Even … the Triple Crown trophy has three points on it. … Those 20 horses that start in the Kentucky Derby should be the only 20 allowed to run in the Preakness and the Belmont for the Triple Crown."

The last three horses to win the Triple Crown – in the 1970s – hardly ran in Belmont fields loaded with horses who'd run all three races.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/horseracing/2014/06/08/...

He may be right...however...

Considering how much money is made by the owners in stud fees from the winners of these races (very rarely does a mare win), just winning one leg of the Triple Crown is worth millions. If I was a owner or trainer, I could really care less if I won all three considering what is potentially a huge pay day for just racing in and winning one leg. Therefore, don't expect the horse racing industry to do anything drastic about it. Money talks and horse shit walks!

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All true LRP

I just got sucked into his righteous indignation.
I thought he made his point well.

And he's a working guy who believed in a horse. I like to think that's worth more than overwhelming wealth that tends to roll over obstacles to success with force.

I wanted to see the little guys win.
And they certainly have like you said.

California Chrome will make his owners financially free just from stud fees.

We're due for another Secretariat or Seabiscuit movie too.
Canadian jockey Red Pollard, who was literally given away as a child because his parents couldn't afford to feed him, made legend with Seabiscuit.

Sour Grapes much?

There's nothing new in the way these races have been run for over a hundred years.

Like he didn't know there were going to be fresh horses in this race?

Quit whining, keep trying....like all the others have for decades.

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That's too bad and I can understand the owner's point. I never

knew the horses contending for the Triple Crown didn't run all 3 races.

Debbie

Not that this has anything to do with anything

but he's right. The whole series was full of mediocre, Chrome included, horses and a Triple Crown winner from that pack would have detracted from those who were truly champions. To put a rested horse in against one who has raced his heart out, as Chrome had done, is kind of like stacking a deck. As you might concur I'm very ambiguous about this but do believe any horses involved should be in all three legs.

If not us than who?

California Chrome's Triple Crown quest collapses

"I thought he was gaining ground, but he didn't have it in him, apparently," owner Steve Coburn said immediately after the race. He complained that some of the horses sat out some races, and were entered just to knock out California Chrome. "It's all or nothing. This is not fair to these horses and to the people that believe in them. This is the coward's way out."

California Chrome broke quickly but was pressed immediately by Commissioner and General a Rod. Espinoza eased California Chrome back into third along the rail.

Approaching the final turn, California Chrome was maneuvered to the outside. He angled four-wide turning for home, just to the outside of Tonalist who was close to the pace the entire race. Espinoza started whipping left handed in the lane but California Chrome had no response.
http://news.yahoo.com/california-chromes-triple-crown-quest-...