NEW YORK – Steve Coburn, cowboy hat wearing co-owner of California Chrome, didn’t back off one bit Sunday morning in venting his anger over what he again said was a competition format that was unfair to his horse in his unsuccessful try for the first thoroughbred racing Triple Crown in 36 years. Coburn was just as hot as he was after Saturday’s race in which California Chrome finished in a tie for fourth behind fresh-legged winner Tonalist, who had not run in either of the first two legs of the Triple Crown: the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the May 17 Preakness. “They hold out two (races) and then come back and run one,” said Coburn. “That would be like me at 6-2 … playing basketball with a kid in a wheelchair. They haven’t done anything with their horses in the Triple Crown … You figure IT out. You ask yourself, ‘Would it be fair if I played basketball with a child in a wheel chair?”
This guy is on FIRE right now. A day after going all WWE, grand standing, pointing at the camera and giving his wife a piece of his mind after California Chrome failed to capture the Triple Crown he’s still out there throwing casual haymaker quotes. What, you thought after sleeping on it and cooling off he was going to come out and apologize for his remarks? Fuck that and fuck you. Yosemite Sam doesn’t apologize. He doubles down and compares the injustice he suffered the day before to him playing basketball against a kid in a wheel chair. Fantastic. All day yesterday NBC was running piano music specials and touting Coburn as a blue collar guy and somebody who’s not your typical owner. Well that’s exactly what they’re getting right now. I guarantee all Coburn wanted to do yesterday was challenge the winning horse’s owner to an ol’ fashioned fisticuffs behind the race track. And I’d be lying to say if I’m not enjoying every second of it. This is the most I’ve ever enjoyed horse racing. Does the wheel chair analogy make any sense? I have no idea because I don’t know shit about horse racing. You’d have to ask Pres that question since he owns horses. But is the analogy hilarious? Absolutely. Give me more cartoon villains like Steve Coburn and I’ll tune into more horse races. Guaranteed.
PS- I’m not convinvced a wheel chair bound person couldn’t beat Steve in a game of basketball. The guy doesn’t exactly look spry. Just sayin’.