| Apr 30, 2014
| 4:53 PM
LOUISVILLE, KY. -- His mother cost a mere $8,000 and his father performed for a modest stud fee of $2,000.
That $10,000 investment — minuscule by elite racing standards — produced California Chrome, who had won $1.135 million even before...
| May 2, 2014
| 1:01 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Coburn proudly calls himself a working man, and he'll tell you upfront that he was insulted when a rich stable owner offered him millions of dollars for the racehorse who'd eaten cookies from his hand as a gangly 3-month-old....
| May 31, 2014
| 10:38 PM
With a strong wind at his back as he came through the Belmont Park stretch, Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome breezed a half-mile in 47.69 seconds Saturday morning in his final serious move before the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday....
| May 12, 2014
| 10:44 AM
Jockey: Victor Espinoza
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owner: Steve Coburn & Perry Martin
Breeder: Steve Coburn & Perry Martin
Most recent location/race/placement: Kentucky Derby - GI // Churchill Dns // 1
Pablo Del Monte
Jockey: Jeffrey Sanchez...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 11:11 AM
ELMONT, N.Y. — The tension is palpable as post positions are drawn for the Kentucky Derby. Trainers entertain nightmare visions of their wonderfully quick animals becoming trapped behind a wall of 19 other horses.
For the Belmont Stakes?...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 10:20 AM
ELMONT, N.Y. — It's hard to convey how massive Belmont Park looks from the ground, with a grandstand capable of holding more than 100,000 spectators and a track that seems to bend on forever around an infield of open grass and ponds.
It fits the...
| May 14, 2014
| 6:32 PM
Throughout the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby, California Chrome’s co-owner predicted victory to anyone who’d listen, saying he felt it from his gut and his heart.
Coburn, wearing his trademark cowboy hat, sang the same confident tune...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 7:06 PM
ELMONT, N.Y. — In the end, California Chrome could not outrun recent history.
All week, veteran horsemen had pointed to the 11/2-mile oval at Belmont Park, the longest in American thoroughbred racing, and predicted it would be the grueling expanse...
| Jun 8, 2014
| 3:52 PM
ELMONT, N.Y. — As California Chrome began his recovery from a foot injury that might have contributed to his flat performance in the Belmont Stakes, his co-owner, Steve Coburn, stood by harsh comments about owners and trainers who run fresh horses...
| May 16, 2014
| 4:45 AM
Confidence ran high in the Kentucky Derby champion.
Bred for stamina by one of America's grand old racing families and fine-tuned by one of the sport's most respected trainers, Orb went off as a commanding 3-5 favorite in the 2013 Preakness.
| May 31, 2014
| 12:41 PM
"Since Affirmed in 1978" — it has to be the most overused phrase in thoroughbred racing.
And yet it's inevitable every spring, when a new crop of 3-year-olds takes a shot at the sport's most cherished prize — the Triple Crown.
| May 17, 2014
| 7:49 PM
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome has just three weeks and 1 1/2 miles of racing in the June 7 Belmont Stakes ahead of him in his bid to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner, a task that has proved impossible in the new era...