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California Chrome’s Owner Apologizes For Rant After Belmont Stakes Loss [VIDEO]

California Chrome‘s owner Steve Coburn doesn’t taking losing well.  After losing at Belmont Saturday, he slammed other horse owners and the Triple Crown qualification rules that allow fresher horses to run against his calling it unfair and the ‘coward’s way out.’ This morning Coburn apologized for his heated remarks.

A tearful Coburn told Robin Roberts on GMA, ‘I’m very ashamed of myself. I need to apologize the world, America, horse fans and a a lot of people including my wife. The horse that won deserved that. I did not mean to take anything away from them. I was very emotional. It’s a learning process and I’m going to do better.’

After California Chrome lost Saturday Coburn went off on everyone involved. ‘This is his third really big race. These other horses, they always set ‘em out and try to upset the apple cart. I’ll never see in my lifetime another Triple Crown winner, because of the way they do this. It’s not fair to these horses that have been in the game since day one. If you can’t make enough points to get in the Kentucky Derby, you can’t run in the other two races. This is a coward’s way out.

Fans are split over their feelings on Coburn’s rant and apology.

Why California Chrome may have lost?

Coburns says ‘California Chrome made contact with another horse and he got stepped on really bad and tore some of the foot away. He’ll be all right. He’ll be able to race again. It’s going to take ten days to two weeks to heal.’

We’ve all said something stupid in the heat of the moment but we all haven’t been big enough to apologize. Props to Coburn for recognizing his mistake, owning up to it and asking for forgiveness on national television.

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