Unfortunately for all of us that were watching live and have been waiting in anticipation for the last few weeks, California Chrome was not able to finish off the Triple Crown bid on Saturday in the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes. Instead it was Tonalist who came away with the victory, even though the horse had not competed in all three legs of the Triple Crown.
That latter point has a lot of people upset, and that included California Chrome’s owner, Steve Coburn, who after the race had no problem expressing to the NBC cameras just how angry he was at that fact.
Just as fast as people were sadly reacting to the failed Triple Crown bid on twitter, they immediately turned their attention to the comments from Coburn.
Great work by Kenny Rice with Steve Coburn. Dude wants to go off. Keep mic in his face. Ask same Q in a different way. Ballgame.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) June 7, 2014
Steve Coburn angrily calls winning Belmont with rested horse ‘coward’s way out’ on NBC. Good for him. He’s right. Not part of old network.
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) June 7, 2014
Steve Coburn needs to learn that if you win with grace, you need to learn how to lose with grace. That display on NBC just now was pathetic
— Jay Privman (@DRFPrivman) June 7, 2014
Hahaha Steve Coburn’s wife was NOT happy he went off on live TV.
— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) June 7, 2014
Holy crap is California Chrome’s owner Steve Coburn a sore loser
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) June 7, 2014
I don’t disagree with Steve Coburn’s strong thoughts that horses should run in all three races to make it a fair fight.
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) June 7, 2014
America’s love affair with Steve Coburn is over with these comments.
— Pat Cummings (@DubaiRaceNight) June 7, 2014
What do you think? Was Coburn correct with his comments? Should he have voiced them publicly in the manner that he did? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.