Skip to comments.California Chrome Owner: Belmont Winner Took 'Coward's Way Out'
Posted on 06/07/2014 9:33:46 PM PDT by This Just In
On Saturday, after California Chrome lost his chance to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, co-owner Steve Coburn went off during a post-race interview, saying it's a "coward's way out" for owners to only run their horses in one of the three Triple Crown races.
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It was a race, and California Chrome lost. I didn't hear Coburn complaining before the race. Unbecoming.
If a horse is truly deserving of the Triple Crown he will defeat all comers. Otherwise, they are not truly deserving of it.
Coward’s way out....Actually financially it’s very smart.
It costs a ton of money to enter a horse in a race, and if not running in the other two gives your horse a better shot at winning one, then it makes perfect sense.
I’m sure Coburn didn’t just fall off of the turnip truck. Apparently the rules allow a competitor to race without requiring the horse to run in all of the Triple Crown events. His behavior is embarrassing.
There is no rule that a horse has to be run in all 3 events, entry into all 3 are totally separate things too.
This guy sounds like the biggest whiner since the Miami Heat fans the other day.
Secretariat was a unique racehorse champion. Inspiring story.
Sounds like the guy was expecting a coronation and not a race.
“This guy sounds like the biggest whiner since the Miami Heat fans the other day.”
Coward’s Way Out....potential horse name? hmmmmm :o)
He started believing that media hype
With a shirt and tie like that, can you blame him? :^)
One race in 3 weeks!The poor baby was run to the edge of complete exhaustion.
When I first read,”Coward’s Way Out”, I imagined the jockey and horse jumping the inside rail and cutting across the field. I then discovered that California Chrome just lost the race.
Agree. A Triple Crown winner should be a complete horse and excel at all distances. That is what makes them special. Chrome was good, just not special.
I wanted California C to win...it had all the makings of a Seabiscuit story....but I’m sorry to hear the owner didn’t keep his mouth shut.
Even so, in a way he has a point. A ball team has to play the season, not just the last games. But the rules allow for what they did, fair or not.
There is no “season”, this is not ball.
They are 3 distinct and separate events.
You can’t compare a ball game to a horse race. A horse race is a race. A ball game is a sport in which teams are playing at bats and on the field through 9 or more innings. You have 9 players on the field. The object of the game is to out-pitch, out-bat, outperform and outscore the opposing team. In horse racing, you have a jockey and a racehorse. Whoever crosses the finish line first in each race wins.
Apples and oranges, my friend.
Well yes, but the Triple Crown is the culmination of 3 events. So CC was running against horses that could never win it because they weren’t in the other 2 races.
But anyway, he’d have been better off saying nothing.
So. Just winning one of the three TC races is very lucrative, if not running in the others gives you a better chance to win one, it beats running in all three and winning nothing.
So Coburn is like the Don Sterling of horse racing, only less educated, much less money, no chicks on the side, and a Nevada country hick to boot. Shouldn’t let these folk into a ‘blue-blood’ sport and insult same ‘blue-bloods’...........back to the farm with you and don’t come back till yer mind is right!....or have a horse that we all can make some REAL money off of.
Logically I’m probably off course....but I can see what he is saying.
Honestly, I’m glad all the horses and jockeys are ok and now CC can retire to a life of stud fees and green pasture. It’s still a good story - now tarnished by the sore loser comments.
Like Sterling, he’ll cry all the way to the bank.
“So Coburn is like the Don Sterling of horse racing...”
(((Looks at yadent comment with a quizzical brow)))
What bothered me (besides the sore-loser diatribe of California Chrome’s owner) was how NBC spent at least the first ten minutes of the post-race show interviewing the owner of the horse which finished tied for fourth, rather than the owner of the winner. They did do a quick interview of the winning jockey, but I got the impression that they wanted him to apologize for “spoiling” California Chrome’s Triple Crown.
How would not running in the other 2 give you a better chance at one? Seems to me that might be more difficult since it’s one chance instead of 3.
Did the Marxist Media have to cancel their gay parade?
As you may have read, my initial and subsequent comments concern Mr. Coburn’s outburst following the loss. This is not Mr. Coburn’s first rodeo, if you will. This is a race. His horse wasn’t good enough.
Well, let’s assume that running in the other two weakens a horse, and you determine which length gives you the best chance to win, you go ahead and focus on that one race....It costs a ton of money to enter into one of those races.
I guess they were sore losers as well.
Citation won 19 of 20 (yes, 20) starts in 1948. With all due respect to the admittedly faster Secretariat, Citation in his three-year-old campaign was the epitome of durability and stamina.
I thought they determined that Chrome wound up finishing 5th, it looked like the 4th place finisher just beat him out at the end.
Oh he’ll make some money but the big payoff would have been stud fees for a triple crown winner. Remember, this guy is not rich, used most of his funds to bring this horse along. I fully understand his frustration at missing the ‘pot of gold’. He did have a point but the rules is the rules. And he expressed his frustration poorly. Should of listened to his wife.
So wasn’t that part of CC’s owner’s complaint - there were “fresher” horses in the race? I wonder what the outcome would have been if only horses that had run in the first 2 races were allowed to run today?
Oh well....it’s only a race. I just happen to love horses and got caught up in the CC story. Beautiful horse!
I don’t think Chrome would have won today regardless, he just didn’t have it.
Citation, Secretariat, and Seabiscuit: My 3 favorites
Keepers all, each with his own distinctive demeanor and talents.
Why? The guy is getting beat up for speaking his mind while frustrated after losing. He’s not some rich sports star, or rich team/horse owner. He is truly a ‘country hick’ in the ‘big leagues’ for the first time. Could he have expressed himself on a higher level? Sure. Maybe he will next time if it happens again. Otherwise he is who he is.......
I kinda liked the owners after viewing all the media hype. Cool story. Humble, simple folks.
If the best they can muster is to be poor losers they have lost my respect
I don’t understand why his jockey held him back at first, knowing he doesn’t do well in a pack.
It’s three independent races.....such restrictions were not in place when the other TC winners won. It would dilute it if they changed the rules.
I don’t follow horse racing.
Any theories on why it has been such a long stretch since the last Triple Crown? (Breeding, training, etc.)
It seemed that in the 70’s there was a new triple crown winner every few years. And now it has been 38 or something. I’m guessing they can’t have anything like “parity” in horse racing like they do in other sports to make the matches more close (and entertaining).
The one thing I thought of is that the owners are training the horses for certain specific races in order to win those races. Rather than taking the effort to breed and train an overall great horse.
These are 3 individual events, they are welcomed to change that if they want.
I said I was wrong, you confirmed it.
I’m too young to have seen Citation, but I was 21 when Secretariat made his jaw dropping win at the Belmont.
We all expected him to win, but my goodness......nothing like that.
In no event in sports have I ever seen anything like it. If someone wants a make a poster called “Total Domination”, I can’t think of anything that can compare.
“The guy is getting beat up for speaking his mind while frustrated after losing.”
Sterling didn’t “speak his mind” after losing. He said something in private concerning a particular group of people. He was banned from the NBA and must now sell his team. He’s not just getting “beat up”.
Coburn, on the other hand, blew a gasket simply because his horse lost a race. Furthermore, he isn’t “getting beat up” by the media, he hasn’t been banned from horse racing, and the last time I checked he was still the owner of California Chrome. The guy behaved in an undignified manner. He tarnished the whole “country hick makes it in the big leagues” persona. Frankly, he may have given any critics a good reason to shake their heads.
I haven’t followed horse racing in years. I’ve never visited a derby. I don’t know why it’s been so long since a horse has won the Triple Crown. It is interesting.