Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome, issued a public apology on ‘Good Morning America’ for the negative comments he made after his horse came up short of winning the Triple Crown.
Steve Coburn, 61, and his wife, Carolyn Coburn, appeared on Good Morning America on June 9 to do some damage control after Steve badmouthed the winner of the Belmont Stakes, Tonalist, and the horse’s owner. Steve publicly apologized for his incredibly negative comments, and said that he is “very ashamed.”
California Chrome: Steve Coburn Apologizes For Ranting Against Belmont
Steve was extremely disappointed on June 7 at Belmont when his horse, California Chrome, came in fourth place. Had California Chrome won, he would have earned the Triple Crown after securing victories in the Kentucky Derby and in Preakness.
Steve projected his negativity and his regret about losing by making harsh remarks against the winning horse, Tonalist.
On June 9, Steve and his wife, Carolyn, appeared on Good Morning America for the second day in a row to apologize in an interview with Robin Roberts.
“I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife. … First of all, I need to apologize to the winner. They run a beautiful race. Their horse won the race. They deserve that. I did not mean to take anything away from them,” Steve told Robin.
Steve thought California Chrome could become “America’s horse” by winning the Triple Crown.
“And I need to apologize to the world and America, our fans that have written us, given us so much support. I apologize. I sincerely apologize … This is ‘America’s horse.’ I wanted so much for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America, and I was pretty emotional, very emotional,” Steve continued.
Steve Coburn: ‘I’m Going To Do Better. I Promise You I’ll Do Better’
In case you didn’t hear what Steve said, it was pretty harsh.
Steve said he didn’t think it was fair that a “fresh horse” was allowed to race in the Belmont even when he didn’t race in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness. Steve called out those horses and their owners, saying they were “cowards.”
Steve continued his negative comments about Tonalist when he appeared on Good Morning America on June 8. He compared Tonalist racing against California Chrome and the other horses to himself playing basketball against a child in a wheelchair.
However, during his June 9 appearance on GMA, Steve promised, “It’s a learning process for us, and I’m going to do better. I promise you I’ll do better.”
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Was Steve’s apology sincere? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Noelle Trainor