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Steve Coburn gives teary-eyed apology after California Chrome rant (Video)

Steve-Coburn-apologyCalifornia Chrome owner Steve Coburn went on “Good Morning America” with his wife on Monday morning and apologized for the rant he spewed out after his horse failed to capture the Triple Crown on Saturday. Coburn, who was angry that Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist had fresh legs after not running in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness, fought back tears as he spoke.

“I’m very ashamed of myself,” he said. “I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife Caroline. I need to apologize to the winners. They ran a beautiful race. Their horse won the race, they deserve that. I did not mean to take anything away from them.”

Coburn then looked over at his wife and issued an apology. Caroline tried to stop Coburn at one point during his rant on Saturday and he turned around and shouted, “I don’t care!”

“I want to apologize to my wife Caroline,” he continued. “She has literally stood behind me since we started this journey.”

The whole thing reeked of a PR-driven apology, and it was. Coburn ripped Churchill Downs after Chrome won the Preakness, so he is no stranger to going off during interviews. It obviously caught up to him from a negative PR standpoint, especially after he embarrassed his wife on national TV.

Steve Coburn goes on huge rant after California Chrome loses (Video)

Steve CoburnSteve Coburn, the outspoken owner of Triple Crown contender California Chrome, went off on a big rant after his horse lost the Belmont Stakes Saturday to fall short of the Triple Crown.

Coburn was fuming that his horse finished fourth and that the winner — Tonalist — had fresh legs for the Belmont.

Unlike Chrome, which won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, Tonalist did not run in the first two legs of the Triple Crown and therefore was not as worn down as many of the other horses.

Owners holding their horses out of some of the Triple Crown races has become common over the years, which gives those horses a major advantage over the ones running in all three. That is probably the biggest reason why we have not seen a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, and Coburn does not think that should be allowed.

“It’s not fair to these horses that have been in the game since day one. I look at it this way: if you can’t make enough points to race to get into the Kentucky Derby, you can’t run in the other two races.”

What was great was how his wife tried to get him to stop ranting and he responded, “I don’t care!”

Coburn is not stranger to going off in interviews. After his horse won the Preakness, he used his interview as an opportunity to rip Churchill Downs.

California Chrome owner Steve Coburn takes shot at Churchill Downs

Steve Coburn

Steve Coburn, the owner of California Chrome, took a shot at the folks at Churchill Downs after his horse won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

“I just want to thank all the people of Maryland for all the hospitality that they’ve shown us,” Coburn said in his post-race speech on NBC. “And Churchill, you need to take a lesson from this. You really, really do. Because these people have been absolutely fabulous.”

This is not the first time Coburn has taken a shot at the service/hospitality at Churchill Downs, and he’s not the first person to take exception with the way the track has handled people. As pointed out in the comments, Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte wrote an article a few weeks ago complaining about the lack of accommodation from the folks at Churchill Downs. Our friend Rick Bozich also wrote about jockey Jean Cruguet having problems with Churchill Downs.

Why would he bring it up on national TV at that time? It’s obvious this is an issue he wants addressed. The man who founded “Dumbass Partners” wants to inspire some changes.