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So much for southern hospitality. In his victory speech, owner Steve Coburn turned a few heads when he talked about how much better Pimlico was than Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs has gotten a lot of negative press lately. As Bleacher Report's John Scheinman wrote before the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs Inc. is worried about the bottom line and little else, which has caused a lot of conflict with the racing community.
Coburn and his partner Martin Perry were particularly disappointed with the way the staff at Churchill Downs treated Perry's grandmother.
Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times chronicled the complaints of Perry and Coburn:
Carolyn Coburn [Steve's wife] also said their co-owners did not have a pleasant experience with the organizers at Churchill Downs. The Martins picked up Perry’s 83-year-old mother, Katherine, from a nursing facility in Michigan and drove her to Louisville for the Derby.
"Churchill did not go out of their way to get her to where she needed to be and to assist us," Carolyn Coburn said of Katherine Martin, who was in a wheelchair. "Steve and Perry did everything, got her in her seat, then we had to get her to the rail so she could watch the race, then get her to the winner’s circle."
For these humble owners, a little kindness would have gone a long way.