- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2014

California Chrome’s co-owner Steve Coburn gave an emotional apology Monday after his two-day rant against the Belmont Stakes winner, Tonalist.

Mr. Coburn lost the triple crown on Saturday and ranted to a TV reporter that Tonalist, who hadn’t run in the previous two races, shouldn’t have run the Belmont Stakes either.

“If you’ve got a horse, run him in all three [Triple Crown] races,” he said Saturday. “This is a coward’s way out.”

On Sunday, the co-owner emphatically told “Good Morning America” that he had “no regrets” for what he said.

But on Monday, appearing on the same show, Mr. Coburn tearfully said he was “very ashamed” for the way he behaved.

“[The winners] run a beautiful race and the horse that won the race, they deserved that,” he said. “I did not mean to take anything away from them. I want to apologize to everybody associated with Tonalist.”

Mr. Coburn said Tonalist “won the race, fair and square.”

“I need to apologize to the world and America,” he said. “Our fans that have written us and given us so much support, I apologize. I sincerely apologize.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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