The Belmont Stakes did not go the way that California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn had hoped, and when asked about it he did not hold back at all.
His horse was a strong favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in dominant fashion, but in the Belmont Stakes he looked nothing like he did in the other two races. According to Coburn there was a very good reason for that.
He was tired and too many of the other horse were not.
As it turns out, it is fairly common for the Belmont Stakes to feature horses that had not run in the other two legs of the Triple Crown. In fact, six of the last eight Belmont winners had done just that.
Even though his horse was at a disadvantage he still believed California Chrome could pull it out in the end–but he didn’t. Immediately following the race he gave an interview where he made his feelings about the state of horse racing, and why we likely not see a Triple Crown winner for many, many years.
In the process he got a little intense; so intense his wife kept trying to hint that he should calm down. Instead he turned and yelled at her as well.[Yahoo]