California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn apologized this morning on Good Morning America about the controversy over his rant, after his horse placed fourth during the Belmont Stakes on Saturday.
California Chrome was the biggest bet at the racetrack to be the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978. After winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, thousands flocked over to the Belmont Stakes in hopes of seeing history being made. Instead, they saw California Chrome face a devastating defeat after only coming in fourth.
“It’s not fair to the horses that have been in the game since Day 1,” he said to NBC after the race. “It’s all or nothing. This is not fair to these horses that have been running their guts out for these people who believe in them.”
Tonalist, the winner of the Belmont Stakes, did not run either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness Stakes.
Coburn apologized for his statements saying, “They run a beautiful race and the horse that won the race, they deserved that. I did not mean to take anything away from them.”
“I need to apologize to the world and America,” he continued. “Our fans that have written us and given us so much support, I apologize. I sincerely apologize.”
He also apologized wife and business partner Perry Martin, who is the other owner of California Chrome. His wife was by his side trying to calm him down while he was talking to reporters after the race.
“I just wanted so much for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America, and I was very emotional, very emotional,” Coburn said.
Coburn also stated that California Chrome will continue to race and that he will use the Belmont Stakes as a learning eexperiencefor future races.
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