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Horse Racing News: California Chrome Loses Belmont But Steve Coburn is the Real Coward

California Chrome Finishes Tied for Fourth in 2014 Belmont Stakes; Tonalist Wins

Sunday June 8, 2014

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A day after what could have been one of the great days in Horse Racing, The Sport of Kings, instead has become a day taken over by a windbag jackass, Steve Coburn.

Millions of people across the country rooted for California Chrome on Saturday and millions of dollars went through betting windows backing him as well, and for yet another year, we were left without a Triple Crown winner. While Chrome had a great story, as most horse racing stories seem to be, it isn’t such a happy ending and one which unfortunately my stain the accomplishments and achievements of a true underdog story and a horse with as much guts and determination of any we have seen. In the end California Chrome just didn’t have enough left in the tank after three tough races in five weeks and let’s not forget his romp in the Santa Anita Derby a few weeks before that.

Horse Racing News: California Chrome Loses Belmont But Steve Coburn is the Real Coward

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California Chrome was beat; it wasn’t his fault and it wasn’t jockey Victor Espinoza’s fault, it just wasn’t his day. I am not going to rehash the story here, we all know it, how he wasn’t supposed to be good enough, and he proved he was, basically a $10,000 investment who could be worth 100’s of millions in stud fees along with his earnings before all is said and done.

Apparently winning the lottery isn’t enough for Coburn, he needs to change the way things have always been done, and the coward he is, is does it after the fact, instead of calling out the other horses before. If Coburn had a problem with the rules that have been in place, the time to say so would have been before. IT would have been one heck of a more exciting three weeks if he started whining ahead of time. It certainly would have made his point a lot stronger if he called them out on it and then it happened, the fact is that Coburn is too much of a coward to do that.

Coburn wanted his horse to be a triple crown winner without having to do what other triple crown winners have done, take on all comers whether fresh or having run all three races. The reality of it is in horse racing, some horses just run better at different distances, some on different surfaces, and most just have better days than others. Coburn wants the primadona treatment and wants the notoriety of being a Triple Crown winner without having to do what other Triple Crown winners have done, seems pretty cowardly to me. Is he afraid his horse isn’t good enough?

Whether I like the rule or not, the rules are the rules and they were known to Coburn and everyone else before they stepped on the track in Lexington, in fact before California Chrome was even born, or Chrome’s grandparents for that matter.

I hate losing, I hate it a ton, but what I hate even more is a sore loser. Here in Chicago we took a tough loss recently but you didn’t hear Jonathan Toews nor any of his teammates make any excuses or accusations though in all sports there is always room for it, they simply said the better team won.

California Chrome showed us all once again that horse racing is a great sport and that there are great stories at ever track every day, more so than any other sport, but like anything else, e shouldn’t let one Jack Ass ruin it.

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