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"Submitted by barracuda_trader on Sat, 06/07/2014 - 19:15
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".
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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.”