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Steve Coburn Chrome owner's rant: Sportsmanship at its worst or legit complaint?

Steve Coburn, the owner of the horse, California Chrome, spewed a rant during an interview when his horse did not win at Belmont yesterday. His rant saw many jaws-drop as the spirit of sportsmanship was not present at all in the words that erupted from Coburn's mouth, suggests "Fox and Friends Weekend" on Sunday June 8.

Steve Coburn's rant was heard around the world after his horse, California Chrome, didn't win the Belmont.
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Fox News also suggest that Coburn's interview with NBC's Kenny Rice "will go down in history with Richard Sherman's outburst on Fox after the NFC Championship Game. You can imagine the man's disappointment to have come so far just to be left in the dust at Belmont, but history points out he is not alone.

The New York Times reports Coburn as "lashing out at the racing industry," with the rant he went on after his Belmont loss. His complaint centered around the rules that allow horses to run in the Belmont that didn't run in the other two races, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. Saving the "fresh horses" for the Belmont isn't fair conveyed Coburn.

He went as far as saying that he felt that the misspelling of California on his saddle blanket by the Churchill Downs folks was an intentional slight towards him and his horse. For sure not winning the Belmont was a major disappointment to the man who has been in the spotlight for the last five weeks. If the Triple Crown was easy to win, four decades would not have passed since a horse has accomplished this feat.

He joins decades of owners who have seen the dreams of the Triple Crown fall to the wayside at Belmont. Coburn claims that his horse "had a target on its back." It sounds as if Coburn considers the loss of the Belmont due to one big conspiracy. He claims that horses running in the Belmont, but not in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness, were the best they saved for last.

He said "If you've got a horse, run him in all three." He calls it "the cowards way out" by holding your horse off and running him only in the Belmont. He rambled on about the rules and regulations. He thinks you should run the horses in all three races and not just in the final race for the Triple Crown, the Belmont.

The interviewer asked him if he was saying you shouldn't run a "fresh horse" in the Belmont. That's when Coburn said, "That's right. It's all or nothing." It sounds as if Coburn thinks that his horse ran against ringers, horses that are really good, but held back just to take the chance of winning the Triple Crown away from the contender horse.

At one point during the interview, Coburn's wife leans in and whispers something to her husband. He turned around and abruptly said to her "I don't care." Apparently he didn't care what he was saying because he left people astonished with his accusations about the nation's prestigious three horse races. You can see the complete interview in the video above.

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