California Chrome owner Steve Coburn apologizes for series of rants

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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California Chrome owner Steve Coburn apologized Monday morning for his comments. (Getty Images)

A contrite and emotional Steve Coburn appeared on national television Monday morning to apologize for his comments following the Belmont Stakes.

Coburn called Tonalist's victory over Chrome in the third leg of the Triple Crown "the coward's way out," since Tonalist hadn't run in either the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes.

"[I'm] Very ashamed of myself. Very ashamed," Coburn said through tears Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. "I need to apologize to a lot of people.

"First of all I need to apologize to the winners. Their horse won the race. They deserve that. I did not mean to take anything away from them.

"He (Tonalist) deserved to win. He won the race fair and square."

Coburn appeared sincere and tried explaining just why he got so wound up Saturday, and then again Sunday.

"This is America's horse," he said. "I wanted so much for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America. I was very emotional."

Coburn also briefly discussed Chrome's foot injury, which he said will take about two weeks to heal. He also indicated that he expects Chrome to race again.

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