ELMONT, NY - JUNE 07: Steve Coburn, co-owner of California Chrome waves to fans at Belmont Park on June 7, 2014 in Elmont, New York. California Chrome will be attempting to win the triple crown in the Belmont Stakes. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Jeannine Edwards is an analyst for ESPN who covers horse racing, and multiple college sports.
Jeannine joined Ed and Steve to talk about Steve Coburn’s apology after his post Belmont Stakes tirade.
Coburn’s emotional apology went as follows:
“I need to apologize to a lot of people, including my wife Carolyn. First of all, I need to apologize to the winners. They run a beautiful race. Their horse won the race. They deserve that. I did not mean to take anything away from them. I want to apologize to everybody associated with Tonalist, his trainer Mr. Clement, I sincerely apologize. I want to apologize to all the horse racing in the world. I want to apologize to my wife Carolyn. She has literally stood behind me since we started this journey. And I need to apologize to the world and America. Our fans, that have written us and given us so much support, I apologize. I sincerely apologize.”
Jeannine began by talking about how disappointing Coburn’s original comments directly after the Belmont. Jeanine said she was almost willing to excuse Saturday night’s comments on the basis of it being heat of the moment and possibly alcohol fueled. However once Coburn went on Good Morning America and decided not to apologize Jeannine said all the media members were shocked. She said the apology came after “He was shamed into going back on there Monday morning and offering the apology. I’m really glad he did. And my hat is off to him for doing that.”
Jeannine also went on to talk about changing the Triple Crown which she does not want to see because it’s not a broken system, “My opinion is, and I’m a little bit more of a traditionalist, I’m not really sure that we need to tinker with something that produced 3 Triple Crown winners in the 1970s alone. So why were 3 horses able to do it in the 1970s, Secretariat, Seattle Slew and Affirmed, under the current conditions and now we have this drought.” She then went on to say that many people believe that horses now are on so many medications that it’s making them less durable, healthy and strong. She is in that camp. “I think if 3 horses were able to do it in the 70s under the current conditions then there’s got to be another reason it hasn’t happened since.”