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One of California Chrome's owners, Steve Coburn, has shown that he has no problem speaking his mind. After the colt won the Preakness Stakes, he took a shot at the hospitality (or lack thereof) at Churchill Downs. That outburst was met with mostly positive reactions from industry insiders.
After the Belmont Stakes, however, his disappointment and heartbreak over his prized horse's loss colored some of his words immediately following the race. His tirade, laced with bitterness, put a sour note on some of his horse's accomplishments.
Coburn said on the NBC broadcast:
Because this is not fair to these horses that have been running their guts out for these people and for the people that believe in them to have somebody to come up...this is the coward’s way out in my opinion, this is the coward’s way out.
Many were not impressed, including the Daily Racing Form's Jay Privman, who tweeted, "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."
There is a fine line between voicing an opinion and being unsportsmanlike.