As you all know by now, California Chrome did not win the Belmont Stakes this past Saturday, failing to become horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner wince 1978. Chrome had looked like a great bet to end the streak after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, but came up short in the third and final – and longest – leg of the Triple Crown chase. Tonalist – who did not race in either the Derby or the Preakness – certainly had a rest advantage over Chrome and some other horses, and that prompted Chrome’s owner, Steve Coburn, to go on a bit of a rant following Saturday’s big race.
“This is the coward’s way out,” Coburn said shortly after the race. “If you can’t get the points to run in the Kentucky Derby, then you [shouldn't be allowed] to run in the other two races. It’s all or nothing. It’s all or nothing. This is the coward’s way out, in my opinion.”