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California Chrome co-owner apologizes for rant

Coburn Apologizes For 'Shameful' Rant

NEW YORK (AP) -- California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn apologized Monday for his bitter remarks after his horse failed to win the Triple Crown.

Coburn said on ABC's "Good Morning America" he was "very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed. I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife, Carolyn."

She tried to intervene as Saturday's interview got out of control, explaining that her husband was "very emotional and I was trying to calm him down."

Coburn also apologized to the connections of winning horse Tonalist, saying: "I did not mean to take anything away from them."

On Saturday, he had said that Tonalist took "the coward's way out" by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown. Sunday, he doubled down by pointing out that "it wouldn't be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheelchair because I got an unfair advantage."

By Monday though, he tried to make amends. Coburn's lower lip quivered at times during the interview in which he apologized to co-owner Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman, among others.

"I need to apologize to the world and America, our fans that have written us, given us so much support. I apologize, I sincerely apologize," Coburn said. "This is America's horse. I wanted this so much, for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America."

If the Belmont had only been open to horses than ran in the Derby and Preakness, there would have been just three horses in Saturday's race, making it unlikely the third-largest crowd of 102,199 would have shown up or that a record $19,105,877 would have been wagered on-track.

California Chrome, General a Rod and Ride On Curlin were the only horses to run in all three. General a Rod finished seventh in the Belmont and Ride On Curlin did not finish.

California Chrome beat them both, but finished tied for fourth, possibly as a result of a cut foot that he apparently sustained after bumping another horse leaving the starting gate.

"He'll be able to race again," Coburn said.

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dmil4ever June 09 2014 at 8:52 PM

Actually, he is right! The Derby winner has to race three times in the matter of weeks! When it gets to the Belmont-the longest race-it is not fair that well rested horses can enter!

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Christine June 09 2014 at 9:41 PM

he should not have appologized for what he felt was right, he did nothing wrong, but give his opinion

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chmtchr June 09 2014 at 9:23 PM

I think the same horses should be in all 3 races as that's only fair!! The last several triple crown hopefuls (who won the 1st 2 races) lost to a fresh horse (who did not participate in the other 2 races). It's unfair to the other horses who did run in the 1st 2 races!!

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sal June 09 2014 at 9:26 PM

apologizes for being right this country is going to hell

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csshalimar June 09 2014 at 9:14 PM

What a political apology. I do not feel he should have to apologize for being honest. Suppose, in order not to be blacklisted, he was pressured into doing so? Again loose or win, go California Chrome!

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wave11161 June 09 2014 at 9:57 PM

MADE PERFECT SENSE TO ME? A VERY FRESH HORSE WILL PROBABLY WIN EVERYTIME? OH IT HAS THE LAST 36 FRIGGIN YEARS! APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT THE TRUTH??

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Kaitlyn June 09 2014 at 10:23 PM

His conduct was unsportsman-like period. Did he mention this belief before the race? No. Why couldn't he have done the right thing by congratulating the winner, step back, shut up and let them have their moment? That was one of the most classless things I have seen in a while. Caught up in the emotion? Come on gimme a break, He had to have known that a loss could happen, or did he fall victim to his own media hype? What a shame.And shame on the media for allowing this to happen. Time and again they set people and horses up to fail in these races. Chrome was a good horse, but he was not a great one. Frankly, had the Preakness been run at the Belmont's length Ride on Curlin would blown on by Chrome, he was coming in a hurry. Chrome is definately not a Zenyatta or Secretariat. I thought the Chrome story was neat at first, but all Cinderella stories don't have happy endings.

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a jaramillo June 09 2014 at 10:05 PM

Sir ! You do not have apologize to no one you were just saying the truth and nothing but the truth.

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hazmatlang June 09 2014 at 9:56 PM

bs, he was wrong and so are those that agree with him, the rules haven't changed in well over 100 years, simply put chrome is no secretariat, period.

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bigshadyobama June 09 2014 at 11:39 PM

WHAT A CRY BABY...I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A CHILD IN A WHEELCHAIR KICK HIS BUTT IN BASKETBALL...YOU CANT CHANGE THE RULES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE...AFTER YOU LOSE IS NOT THE TIME TO CRYYYYYYYYYYYY...

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HI BEAUTIFUL bigshadyobama June 10 2014 at 3:17 AM

He is not the first person to bring this up and there is some validity to the thoughts. It would be like playing the world series with any teams that did not work their way up to the end. Think about it obama wanabe

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Janie bigshadyobama June 10 2014 at 8:24 AM

Just so happens Robert Evans (Tonalist owner) gave an interview to the NY times and accepted Steve Coburn's .apology. If this man can do it why can't you? Oh BTW, Robert Evans agrees that the rules should change. Maybe you should try walking in another person's boots before you start judging them.

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