For the horse’s sake, it’s unfortunate that California Chrome didn’t win the Triple Crown … but it appears the owners got exactly what they deserved. Co-owner Steve Coburn may be the biggest horse’s patute in all of sport; he is definitely the rudest, crudest, nastiest individual I’ve seen on TV, since Bill Mahr. I wonder if this fellow ever heard of something called sportsmanship, or of winning and losing gracefully. Most kids learn these these skills by the time they’re out of grade school.
Not only did he air his wounded sense of entitlement publicly and stupidly but demeaned the winner of the Belmont, saying Tonalist’s owners “took the easy way out,” calling them “cowards.” All eleven Triple Crown winners in history have had to endure the same rigors and scheduling he was blathering about and labeling “unfair” … that’s what makes winning all three ‘jewels’ so special (there goes that ‘fair’ word again). Sorry mister irate owner but dumbing-down the sport is not the answer. Maybe getting a better horse or employing a better strategy is.
Tonalist’s owners set out to win The Belmont Stakes — not the Kentucky Derby, not the Preakness, but Belmont — and they did. I’d simply call that smart! As for Coburn? Maybe he doesn’t belong in horse racing. Maybe all he needs is a new sport … maybe shuffleboard.