Category Archives: HORSE RACING

California Chrome Owner Steve Coburn: “I Don’t Regret a Damn Thing I Said” [Video]

California Chrome owner Steve Coburn went on an especially poignant rant after his horse lost to Tonalist, who had not run in the previous two legs of the Triple Crown, at the Belmont Stakes yesterday. Everybody was very quick to paint Coburn as a sore loser who lacked class, and that’s probably true to an extent, but one can also understand why he was so upset.

After he had a chance to sleep on it, Coburn doubled down on his statements on Good Morning America today; it’s actually pretty refreshing in a world where a PR-friendly apology is demanded following all deviation of social grace.


California Chrome Owner Rants About “Coward’s Way Out” After Triple Crown Bid Falls Short [Video]

California Chrome’s attempt at winning the Triple Crown was stopped short at the Belmont Stakes by Tonalist. California Chrome’s owner, Steve Coburn, was not happy with the results and let everyone know in a rant after the race ended. Coburn’s main issue was that Tonalist didn’t run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness and was fresh and only run to upset the Triple Crown bid. Coburn called the idea that a horse that wasn’t run in either of the other two Triple Crown races “the coward’s way out”.



California Chrome Can Wear Nasal Strip in Belmont Stakes

Following California Chrome’s Preakness victory, it was revealed the horse was still suffering from illness. ESPN, via The Associated Press & USA Today, provided a synopsis of California Chrome’s trainer, Art Sherman, discussing the upcoming Belmont Stakes.

Sherman spoke with reporters on Sunday and mentioned how California Chrome has worn a nasal breathing strip in its last six races — all wins — at the suggestion of co-owner Perry Martin. New York doesn’t allow these breathing strips — similar to the ones worn by humans — in thoroughbred racing, raising the possibility the horse might not run.

“This guy Perry Martin, he might not run if they say you can’t run with a nasal strip. He’s very funny about things like that,” said Sherman, a day after his horse followed up his Kentucky Derby win with a victory in the Preakness.
“The horse has been on a six (race) winning streak with a nasal strip. I don’t know why they would ban you from wearing one. But we’ll have to cross that bridge when we get there I guess.”

USA Today contacted the New York State Gaming Commission about the issue and received this answer:

“Neither the New York State Gaming Commission or the Stewards at Belmont Park have received a request to use nasal strips in the June 7 Belmont Stakes,” said the emailed statement.

“If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the Stewards.”

To say my knowledge of horse racing is minimal is an understatement. That said, if you have a shot to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years, figure you find a way to race the horse. The Belmont takes place on June 7, giving this plenty of time to develop into a controversy or non-troversy.

[UPDATE: California Chrome fans can breathe easy: The horse that has captured the first two legs of the Triple Crown has been granted permission to wear a nasal strip at the Belmont Stakes on June 7th. Initially, California Chrome was not going to be permitted to wear the strip because there are apparently rules in New York against it.]


California Chrome Gets One Step Closer to a Triple Crown with a Victory in the 139th Preakness

Longer track, shorter track, molasses pace, lightning pace—it doesn’t matter. California Chrome is going to respond the same way.

With a win.

The three-year-old colt took another step toward elusive Triple Crown immortality on Saturday, racing ahead of the 10-horse field at Pimlico to a highly impressive victory at the Preakness Stakes.

It was the first Preakness victory for the 77-year-old trainer. California Chrome has won six straight races.

With a victory in the Belmont on June 7, California Chrome will become the 12th Triple Crown winner in history and the first since Affirmed. Since 1978, 11 horses have won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but failed to win the Belmont.


Wes Welker Handed Out $100 Bills to Random Fans at the Kentucky Derby

Wes Welker just made a few more fans off the football field.

According to Nina Mandell of For The Win, the Denver Broncos wide receiver began handing out $100 bills at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Welker, holding a floppy stack of cash, walked up to a group of Kentucky Derby goers and began slipping them money as if he were dealing out cards.

Mandell reports that Welker told his new friends he had “just won the Kentucky Derby.” The wideout continued handing out money until his police escort (complimentary for big winners) encouraged him to move toward the exits.


California Chrome Wins 140th Kentucky Derby

California Chrome has won the 140th Kentucky Derby.

The race was run in front of 164,906, the second largest crowd in Derby history.


California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, began Saturday as a 5-2 favorite. Betters and experts alike favored California Chrome leading up to the race in Louisville. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, he drew the fifth position and betters made him a 2/1 favorite Saturday by the start of the race. And with good reason — he won the 1⅛ mile Santa Anita Derby a month ago and 1 1/16 mile San Felipe by a combined 24¼ lengths.

Commanding Curve and Danza finished second and third, respectively.

[via news services, GIF via BleacherReport]