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California Chrome owner takes shot at Churchill Downs

Garry Jones AP

Garry  Jones AP

Garry Jones AP

When someone insults the state of Kentucky–even indirectly and especially in relation to horse racing–I take that insult personally. So if anyone else in this state is like me, Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome, may have lost a few fans in Kentucky this evening after taking a jab at Churchill Downs. During his victory speech, after thanking the people of Maryland for their hospitality Coburn had this to say: “And Churchill, you need to take a lesson from this. You really, really do. Because these people have been absolutely fabulous.” Upon being asked if his team’s treatment at Churchill was the reason his co-owner, Perry Martin, decided to skip the Preakness, Coburn said that Derby Day was a  “bad day for my partner.” That certainly makes sense, especially considering the ungodly amount of money Coburn and Perry made that day. Were the drinks not free enough, Mr. Coburn? Were Churchill staffers not at your beck and call throughout the race? I suppose the giant check given to you that Churchill helped to facilitate didn’t help smooth things over at least to a point to avoid public chastisement.  Comments like this lend credence to the name these two men have adopted: “Dumbass Partners”.

According to this New York Times article, Coburn’s disdain with Churchill Downs centered around the track’s failure to help Martin’s elderly mother to her seat. Might this be classified as slightly rude considering Coburn and Martin’s status as owners of a Derby horse? Perhaps. Is it worthy of dissing the track on national television? Absolutely not.  Coburn’s decision to take a shot at the most famed venue in horse-racing might not come without consequences. After making the comment, ESPN sports business analyst Darren Rovell tweeted “Funny that Steve Coburn took a shot at the Derby. If Chrome wins the Belmont, he’ll need Churchill for licensing deals.”

Consider this your warning Belmont Park. When Steve Coburn comes to town, you better roll out the red carpet for him.

 

Article written by Matt Wheatley

125 Comments for California Chrome owner takes shot at Churchill Downs



  1. gc
    9:37 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    beck and call*



  2. Beck and Call
    9:38 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Not beckon call. I know, I know…. Small potatoes, but get it right if you’re going to get paid for writing.



  3. katfaninyourface
    9:38 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Count me as one hoping we have no Triple Crown winner. Screw that bitter Californian old man.



    • CrazyCatFan
      10:01 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Agree!!! Hope California Chrome does NOT win the triple crown! I don’t care what his reason is for that statement, but as soon as he said it, I was pissed!!! It was flat out ridiculous to air his personal feelings on a national stage.



    • Charley Reasor
      11:05 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Please cut the blubbering old fool some slack. He was as drunk as a boiled owl.



    • David
      4:34 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe if he win he’ll be able afford a public relations advisor. If he still can’t afford one I am sure that Donald Sterling would be interested in splitting one with him.



  4. CD sucks
    9:53 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    CD is the absolute worst with hospitality and public relations. They always screw people over. The local patrons and season ticket holders and big money box and Turf Club members get bypassed for the out of towners every Derby Week. That is why it is a ghost town every racing day but Derby Week.



    • HorseRaceLover
      12:46 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Excuse me? You either have never spent any time and CD or you just like making up hateful comments. I go almost every weekend of both the spring and fall meet and couldnt be HAPPIER with the service i get from that great establishment.
      And your comments are factually inaccurate… how could CD be a ghost town every racing day but derby week when it DRAWS THE LARGEST REGULAR RACE SEASON ATTENDANCE OF ANY TRACK IN THE COUNTRY? CD is a grand historical landmark and you should be a bit more proud of it for kentucky.



    • GetReal
      9:04 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      I’ve been to Churchill many times, and it is garbage. Bad location, dirty facilities, the upstairs part feels like a food court at a shitty outlet mall. If you got millions, I’m sure it’s great. Otherwise the atmosphere is like a prison yard. Keeneland is much nicer.



  5. UKgrad'13
    9:55 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Churchill is like Wrigley; certainly not the greatest place to see a race/game, but the tradition makes up for it. Personally, give me Keeneland over all these places.



    • HorseRaceLover
      12:48 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME? who are you kid? have you ever even been to churchill? It is BY FAR the greatest venue to see a race… and keeneland is a VERY distant second in the state of kentucky. Perhaps your lack of knowledge is due to your young age… but you seriously need to go to churchill if you havent been. It is a great track with and amazing history. keeneland doesnt even come close to being in the same ballpark in either catergory.



  6. schwing
    9:57 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Sh1+, i knew i shouldn’t have said [email protected]



  7. bill
    10:01 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Well churchill is a dump..that’s fair to say…the effort to keep it clean isn’t near that of keeneland. But I only want ky bred horses to win so I hope this guy loses. Besides if he didn’t win the derby no one wld have paid him any attention at the preakness either



    • UKhorseLover
      10:03 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Exactly! No one!!!



    • HorseRaceLover
      2:44 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Bill… you are an idiot. Have you ever even been to churchill?
      Keeneland doesnt even come CLOSE to comparing. Chuchill didnt just spend $12 million on the worlds largest 4k video board for nothing.
      and odds arent looking to good for you buddy. nowadays.. most winning horses are either bred in new york, florida, or california.



  8. Wait-What?
    10:02 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Wilford Brimley is California Chrome’s owner??!



    • Bigcat76
      10:12 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      He used all his Quaker Oats commercial money to buy half of a horse



    • PennStateCatFan
      10:17 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Beat me to it!!!!

      And to be fair, why didn’t CD help the old lady to her seat? Between the Wes Welker thing and not helping an old lady (the owners mother?? How old is she, 200?) to her seat it’s not a great week for their PR. Probably keeping too many Card fans on staff



  9. George H.W. Bush
    10:07 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    This is what happens when you let California participate in anything….



  10. LJ Bulldog
    10:10 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Churchill Downs is a privately owned BUSINESS. They must have done something to make the old boy mad. He seems pretty down to earth to me. Don’t feel like he would have said something like this without cause. Lot of possibilities. Don’t be too hard on Mr. Coburn until the facts are known.



    • DAP HATER
      10:15 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      WHAT??? It doesn’t matter what happened. He looked like a spoiled child when he said it on national television. Why not just enjoy his winning moment … instead of being a grumpy old dumbass!



    • Citation
      11:48 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Churchill’s stock is publically traded. It’s not privately owned.



    • Roofus Howls
      7:23 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      LMAO…”privately owned” is a way of saying “for profit, owned by individuals” as opposed to “non-profit, owned by government”. Publicly traded companies are “privately owned”. If the stock isn’t publicly traded, it’s just “closely held”. SMFH



    • Messenger
      3:06 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Roofus Howls, don’t be so judgmental. Particularly when you’re wrong. Privately held means not publicly traded.



  11. DAP HATER
    10:12 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    WAS DUMBFOUNDED WHEN HE SAID THAT!!! THANKS FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE … HATE THOSE DAP GUYS!!!



    • Cantha
      10:58 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      “Methinks you doth protest too much”! Why?



    • DAP HATER
      11:07 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Whenever anyone messes with any part of My Old Kentucky Home, it pisses me off!!!

      “Me hopes thou understands my feelings.”



  12. Thedowns
    10:15 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Seems like a rich prick who expects everyone to serve him



    • Cantha
      10:58 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Read up on him!



    • Tampa Satchel
      6:16 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Rich? That guy makes about $40k a year in a factory putting magnetic strips on the back of credit cards. The guy is a genuine regular guy. I think all this bashing is BS and the author of this article should consider all the facts before bashing him.

      Mr. Coburn, from every interview and expose I have seen, seems to be a genuinely nice fellow. Maybe CD didn’t roll out the red carpet because of his low status. If you’ve ever been up there on race day, pedigree has as much to do about the horses, as it does with how you are treated by the staff.



    • WritersNeed2Read2
      12:30 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Amen, Tampa Satchel!

      It’s nice to see someone who isn’t knee-jerkin everything.



  13. Kats9698
    10:15 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    As soon as those hateful words came out of his fat ass gut I was hoping anyone would beat that nag on Belmont Day. Yes truely Dumb Ass partners!! Way to kill the moment you California Debbie Downer!!



  14. Chaz
    10:24 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I’ll wait and see what CD says tomorrow. Seems like that came out of nowhere.



  15. Sean Reynolds
    10:30 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    I knew KSR would cover this story! My jaw dropped when I heard his comments. What a bitter winner!! I have wanted to see a TC winner for years… Now I would be happy to pass. Too bad he had to stick his foot in his mouth during such a great moment.



  16. Ben
    10:33 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Unless he climbed aboard and fucked that mare himself, he needs to STFU and stop taking credit for the horse’s natural ability and the skill of the jockey.



  17. TonyB
    10:33 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    To me that wasn’t his only mistake. He’s been putting down the entire Kentucky horse industry for two weeks now. He also made a reference today about “pissing off” some people in Kentucky. Nothing against the horse but I sure as hell don’t wanna see Coburn win the Triple Crown.



    • JC
      10:51 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Unpopulare opinion puffin: Loyal Kentuckian, but horseman in Kentucky on every level have been bitching about the horse industry in Kentucky for over a decade. That isn’t news and he shouldn’t be blamed for the state of the industry here. He has said nothing that hasn’t been said before by local boys that only stick around because they grew up in Kentucky. Most have thought seriously or moved a portion of their barns to Ohio, West Virginia, Florida and Maryland. That’s why the quality has been so poor in local racing. That’s why tracks are giving up dates or going dark permanently.



    • Cantha
      10:55 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      He was talking about his winning “pissing off” his competition – ie: other horse owners. Maybe they were being less than hospitable to him from the start. Sounds like Coburn experienced others’ poor sportsmanship and a few sour grapes!



  18. JC
    10:45 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    Louisville is a northeastern city that claims to be southern two weeks a year. People during normal interactions are fairly rude. After first moving to Louisville I couldn’t believe the difference in people from the state compared to that of Louisvillians. Don’t take it personal, he took a shot at Churchill Downs, which after seeing the response from other horseman on twitter, was warranted. This guy isn’t rich, he doesn’t want to be a rock star, he wanted his mother to see his horse race and thought Churchill treated him and his family with disrespect. Not the first time at even this derby a group of people felt disrespected by Churchill Downs.



    • Charley Reasor
      11:09 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      Hear, hear. This Corbinite will lift a Mason jar to that.



    • McCoy
      12:03 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      You don’t know what you are talking about here either, “JC”!



    • WeirdofromMurray
      12:39 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      A “northeastern city”? You are a moron!



    • Ben
      8:00 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      WeirdofromMurray – He’s talking about many Louisvillians’ propensity to act like shitheads who want to disconnect themselves from every Southern aspect of this state, except when it’s convenient. And they do (see most UL fans acting as if UK fans are dumb rednecks because they’re from Kentucky, while ignoring the fact that Louisville is still in Kentucky).



    • BendOver
      12:36 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      The owner was talking about the way the management of Churchill dropped the ball, not how the people of Louisville act, morons!



    • HorseRaceLover
      2:53 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Firstly, JC… you are an idiot. shut up and go back to your room. Louisville is a midwestern city. DO research.
      Also, Ben…What in the hell are you talking about? EVERYTHING that Kentucky is famous for comes from Louisville? how could Louisville disconnect itself from what it proudly owns? Kentucky without Louisville… is basically WV. Bourbon, The hot Brown, the kentucky derby, and KFC were all invented in Louisville. We hold our heritage proudly while still being educated city folk in a major US city. nothing wrong with that. In fact, It lives on since a LOT of young folks are moving to Louisville because liking the old country way is now “ironic”. Louisville has more young professionals moving in than any other state in the country.



    • Bourbon
      6:21 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Bourbon was invented in Bourbon County you moron. Can’t believe CD lets you be on the computer so much when you are supposed to be shoveling horse shit.



    • Uh, no
      9:21 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      HorseRaceLover – KFC was originated in Corbin, KY, not Louisville. Bourbon already addressed the bourbon error. I’ve been to CD for the Oaks, Derby, and Breeders’ Cup. I’ve been on “Millionaire’s Row” before it got the nickname. I’ll take Keeneland every time. There is NO comparison. CD is low class. Keeneland is high class. I guess you prefer low class. Also, the last I knew Louisville is a city, not a state. I guess that Louisville education failed to teach you the difference between the two. I am not surprised.



  19. Cantha
    10:50 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    It is very unfortunate that the southern hospitality of Churchill Downs fell short for Chrome’s owners. This was not the first time a guest was treated poorly. There is no reason for anyone with special needs not to have been assisted by Downs personnel. What a shame. I take no issue with Coburn calling them out on it. It was what it was. Maybe it won’t ever happen again now.



  20. Ky horseman
    11:06 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    This is very true of Churchill downs over the past few years. CD has become exetremely cold to the people that make horse racing possible, the owners of the horses, the breeders, trainers, and many retired jockeys etc. CD doesn’t exists without them, period. At any other tracking the country, owners Who have a horse running that day get free admission seats and parking at the very least. That is because without the owners entering their horse in the race, there is no race. Not Churchhill, Churchill makes all these owners Find their own tickets and parking, even if they’re worse is in the derby or an undercard race. At the same time, corporate sponsors and their execs and guest are lavished in freebies, along with thr hordes of celebs that only see one race a year. FOX HILL farms website has a good write up about this whole situation. I grew up in ky on at thoroughbred farm and worked with them for years. This owner was TOTALLY in the right and hopefully it changes the greed that I has grown unchecked for years within Churchill downs leadership.



    • Glenn
      11:19 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      I’ve seen their treatment of the regular bettors the last few years. I’ll tell you what I think of them and that is that it will be a cold day in hell before I bet there again until they change their ways.



  21. Ky horseman
    11:14 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    http://foxhillfarmstable.com/2014/04/28/churchill-made-an-irresponsible-mistake/

    This just lays out some firsthand accounts of Churchill downs hospitality. While I know many of you will say so what, these guys are rich and can pay like everyone else, you have to realize these owners make a hug investment and take massive risks in order for CD to fill their meets. What they ask for in return isn’t unreasonable in the least.



    • Gotta say it
      6:22 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      That seems to be about the norm at CD. I see a lot of people complaining because he said “Kentucky”, but if any of them went to CD tried to get any service, then they wouldn’t be coming to the aid of the track.



  22. old timer
    11:18 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    There have been numerous complaints about Churchill for some time now coming from all directions. They have screwed the bettor by taking a bigger cut of the bet than other tracks. They have annoyed the horsemen as mentioned in previous posts. They refused to give a handicapped parking pass to Ron Turcotte, Secretariat’s jockey, who is now disabled due to a racing accident. The list goes on and on.



    • Ky horseman
      11:30 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

      What they did to Turcotte was disgraceful.



    • Carter
      2:28 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Correct!



  23. jhnny
    11:36 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    This is nothing new- Churchill treats everyone poorly. Ask an owner or trainer what they think of churchill downs. Ask a horse gambler. Ask a writer for DRF.

    They have a monopoly and can treat people poorly- so they do. Its amazing they get away with it. Its almost like they get off on it. But people should be fired. You can make money for your shareholders and treat the little guy (and in this case- the important guys) nice.



  24. Never Been There!
    11:42 pm May 17, 2014 Permalink

    The very first time that old coot opened his arrogant mouth he said he had never been to KY in such a way as to say we are nothing. It made me instantly angry and I wish his horse had lost the race. I don’t care how well Churchill Downs they treat money people that guy is a jerk and maybe he made Churchill Downs people angry is why they didn’t provide help to his mother..

    That crowing about how he knew how to breed so he would have a winner when he hadn’t even been doing it. He has just been lucky with a slow horse.



  25. Alpo
    12:34 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I hope Kentucky bred horse wins the Belmont. I also hope California Chrome kicks that old drunk in his skull and he is a drooling retard in a wheelchair. Then I hope he is brought to Churchill in a couple of years and a track employee “accidentally ” pushes his wheelchair out on the track in front of a stampede of horses.



    • Don't worry about it
      1:07 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Holy shit dude…that’s harsh



    • David
      4:29 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      I second that motion. CC’s owner has proven that there is someone out there with less intelligence than Donald Sterling when it comes to keeping his G. D. mouth shut.



    • TheBigToe
      7:13 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      You sound like an awesome person. I bet you are a jewel to be around. And you should be aware of using slang terms for special needs people could get your ass whooped if you said it to the wrong person instead of a computer screen.



    • Alpi
      12:47 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      You could’nt whip my big toe, retard!



  26. 2020
    12:50 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    And the Preakness is so great, only 10 owners put horses in it. Gimme a break. I hate people who use poor timing and etiquette to complain about others’ bad behavior. Completely classless.



  27. Mickey Smith
    1:04 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    ……………. and the horse he rode in on,



  28. Ky gal
    1:15 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    People, don’t confuse what he said as a slam on Kentucky. He’s just talking about the corporate jerks running Churchill Downs Inc. And they aren’t Kentuckians, either. Anybody with any ties to horseracing knows the current management team couldn’t care less about racing except for two days a year. And they are the least hospitable track as far as owners and trainers are concerned. And ask Ron Turcotte or Wes Welker about the hospitality.



    • Oh I don't know
      1:44 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      I think Wes Welker walked off with a whole lot of hospitality. About $14,000 worth if I remember correctly.



    • Ky gal
      8:12 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      And Churchill sent a demand letter wanting it back, even though it was their mistake. Now that’s arrogance.



    • OhioMan
      12:31 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Coburn is far from being a rich man. Ky gal is correct he was not slamming Kentucky BUT the way that the management of Churchill Downs treats its horsemen and non wealthy patrons. Churchill Downs were it in any state other than Kentucky with its big race the Derby would be an arrogant third rate track.



  29. Wilfred Brimley
    4:22 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Sir don’t forget to take your shot for di-a-beet-is before guzzling booze on tv.



  30. David
    4:26 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Note To Wilfred Brimley Wannabe (owner of CC)
    I hope your horse wins because it’s all heart and no mouth. I hope you have a massive heart attack just prior to the Belmont Stakes because you’re all mouth and no heart. The people of Kentucky you despise you because you an arrogant A-Ole that thinks he deserves to be treated like royalty prior to proving anything. Go F yourself Brimley!



  31. myoldkentuckyhome
    6:00 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    He didn’t insult Kentucky. He stated a cold, hard truth about corporate owned Churchill Downs. Those that are offended need to go back to English class. You ALL FLUNKED!



    • DerbyDemon
      1:23 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t waste your time MOKH. I decided a long time ago that punctuation, grammar, and sentence structure are indeed a thing of the past. What is even more pitiful are these vicious, child-like, moronic responses from (supposedly) adults simply because someone made a remark about how he was treated at the Derby.



  32. Steve
    6:41 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Churchill Downs cares about racing 2 days per year guess which. They don’t care about the people who put on the product any days of the year.



  33. JM_Selton
    6:55 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I have my own opinions about the new ownership of Churchill, most of them very negative.

    That being said, the more I read from and about this guy, the less I like him. He’s a complete megalomaniac, and believes himself to be some sort of messiah for the common man in the horseracing industry. At the same time, he gripes about his and his partner’s family not getting “topshelf” treatment (the fact that he uses the word “topshelf” says it all), even while admitting Churchill made efforts to accommodate his mom. Lastly, he’s some sort of conspiracy nut who claims people and industry are colluding to prevent him from winning the triple crown.



    • JM_Selton
      6:55 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      *”his mom” should be “his co-owner’s mom”



  34. BleedBlueBleedTrue
    7:05 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I just found a post addressed to the owners via Facebook from the son of someone with the Churchill BoD. Not sure if it’s legit, but if it is, the owners are pretty obnoxious people.

    “Wow, actually disappointed in these comments from the owners. Especially since my father ran into the owners and purchased them breakfast. He even commented, which may come to fruition, that he would like to buy not only the Kentucky Derby but the triple crown winners owners breakfast. Now I think that is southern hospitality at its core.”



    • Greg
      8:10 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      So buying someone breakfast and offering a compliment is what constitutes “southern hospitality” now? As opposed to general courtesy and consideration? Kid isn’t very bright, is he?

      Also, from what I’m reading, I think it’s track management that’s the problem. I’ve read a few stories where members of the BoD had to be called in to correct the poor behavior of the management team at the track, so it sounds to me like there’s a clear disconnect there.



    • David
      2:25 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      The fact that the owner was waving his drink around in front of the camera like a drunken sailor says everything about his degree of class (or lack thereof). Need we say anything more about this unpolished turd?

      The poor horse’s name is already being dragged through the mud because it’s owned by neanderthals



  35. Penn Cilneck
    8:02 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    In a pre-race interview, I noticed Coburn began dissing CHD and Kenny Rice cut it short and segued back to Hammond or Costas.



    • Ky gal
      8:26 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

      That was the NBC team protecting its interest. NBC has a contract with Churchill Downs for exclusive rights to the Derby broadcast. Can’t damage that relationship.

      I find it interesting that everyone gets so bent out of shape when someone expresses his opinion against a corporation. Wow. Corporate reputation trumps the little man’s First Amendment freedom of expression.



    • David
      3:46 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      The man has been bashing Kentucky & Kentuckians for well over 3 weeks now Ky gal. I’ve noticed that those first amendment rights aren’t working out so well for Donald Sterling either lately. LMAO Hopefully the Brimley wannabe will make enough money that he never has to deal with Kentuckians again for the rest of his miserable drunk ass life.

      Churchill Downs is guilty of one thing and one thing only. Not requiring the horse’s owner to pass a test on basic manners. Hopefully they WILL make it a future requirement for racing.



  36. Ky gal
    8:18 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    The best thing that could happen for racing — including Kentucky racing and breeding — is to have a Triple Crown winner. If you genuinely care about the state equine industry, as most Kentuckians claim to, overlook the guy’s criticism of a corporate management team that only cares about the bottom line, and pull for California Chrome to win the Triple Crown.

    Go California Chrome!



  37. TN Kat
    8:32 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    U don’t even know the facts, there probably was a concerning problem. Your the one making immature remarks.



  38. PhilCC
    8:36 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Churchill Downs lost sight of customer service years ago. If you aren’t rich & glamorous they don’t want you Derby weekend. Two working stiffs that struck horse racing gold with Cal Chrome is many a race fans dream come true. Corporate greed over good relations rules at CD ask the those that were asked to shell out 500 bucks for a handicapped parking spot! One was that Turcotte dude you know he rode a couple of Derby winners you might have heard of. They were Riva Ridge & Secretariat both won before most of the writers (cough) on this site were born.



  39. Kyle
    8:50 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Folks this is not the first person to bash Churchill. Several have and now multiple racing people in wheelchairs have also. Its time for Churchill to look in the mirror and see the horsemen hate the way they are greedy. 6 horse fields, Breeders Cup refuses to run at Churchill and now owners bash them. Time to get off the 2 days of greed and treat this track like the historical treasure it is.



  40. brain
    9:49 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    The truth hurts I guess. CD doesn’t give a chit about the everyday guy. They make their money on Derby weekend and just go through the motions the rest of the year.



  41. 2bluestew65
    9:53 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Up til this point I was rooting for them to win the triple crown but now they can kiss my a$$. I want to see Chrome get smoked on that long stretch! For 2 dumbasses who have never been this far in racing to start griping about the most famed track in history??? Really?? Go back to the left coast and don’t come back!



  42. WalterL
    10:04 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I know that if I took my mother, or grandmother to Chuchill, I would personally attend to her needs due to my respect for the most important person in my life. Unless someone broke a promise to attend to her, no one has to be expected to jump through hoops for this guy.

    On another note, the Maryland track kissed this dudes tail because he just won the “Kentucky Derby”!

    No, I don’t know the entire story, but I was intrigued by this guy until he started trashing Churchill from his position and wealth that he just used Churchill to obtain.

    IMO, he is not worthy to win the Triple Crown. The horse mabe, the jockey maybe, but not that sucker that’s looking his gifthorse in the mouth. He’s using everyone to climb for his dreams and he”ll have to pass this way again on his way back down that ladder.



  43. Mrs.TT
    10:16 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Matt, this article makes you look bad, but we all make mistakes. A good writer should always do his research first and not go off on emotions.



  44. Al
    10:16 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I would never defend CD they have been treating regular folks like garbage for a while now. Anyone local would know this is true. Douchbags!



  45. John Mulholland
    11:03 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    This was a very poorly researched and poorly executed article. The CC ownership simply stated what nearly every horseman in the bluegrass feels about CD…. This writer clearly a complete disconnect from the horse racing industry. It’s best to stick with what you know or do your homework. Love the website, love the radio show, but this article was a big FAIL !!



  46. Yankeeville
    11:21 am May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Churchill’s owners are notorious.. Frickin yakees… As far as I am concerned you can give the Ville to Indiana



    • Hickville
      4:53 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      And you can give Lexington to West Virginia. You might have a complete set of teeth somewhere!



  47. Debbie
    12:00 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Matt, I think your attitude demonstrated the perception of “chrome’s” owners just perfectly. If Churchill was as rude to them as you are, then no wonder they complained. Take a lesson from Maryland.



  48. benneac
    12:19 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I hope everyone realizes that these owners pay $50k to run in the Derby. Not $50, not $500 but $50,000. For that $50k Churchill gives them zero free drinks and zero free tickets. This was not a shot at Kentuckians (please calm down). It is a shot at the most poorly run track around. Other tracks treat the connections of stake races far, far better. In this case it was Pimlico. I applaud the horse’s owner for speaking up about what everyone in the racing industry already knew.



    • Ky gal
      1:53 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      You hit the nail on the head. Thanks.



    • David
      2:33 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      If you’ve been watching the news you will understand that this Jack-A-Hole has been bashing KENTUCKY & KENTUCKIANS at every opportunity for the past 2 to 3 weeks on air. His latest Churchill Downs drunken rant is merely one of many jabs that he’s taken. The man is obviously insecure (thus explaining his W. Brimley impersonation) and needs to jack himself up at every opportunity.

      Not surprisingly most Kentuckians are still cheering for the horse (CC) but despise the horse’s ask.



  49. Mary
    12:22 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Did he let CD know in advance his mother needed assistance? It’s a madhouse there. You have to tell an airline in advance if you need assistance. There’s only so much help if you ask last minute during a madhouse day. CD also had twice as many horses running in all the races so way more owners and trainers to seat. Pimlico is a firetrap dump. Wait until the rude New Yorkers get a hold of him. I went to see Big Brown there and no one even dresses up.



    • benneac
      12:35 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      All tracks have a person on the payroll who works as a Stakes Coordinator to work with the connections and their needs leading up to race day for their stake races. Churchill really has no excuse, IMO. They knew.



  50. RebelYell
    12:53 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Chrome is dogfood after the Belmont!



  51. Rebekah
    1:04 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    California Chrome WILL win the Triple Crown. The good ole blue-bloods can’t handle the truth. They NEED to be knocked down a notch. Ronnie Turcotte had to practically FIGHT to get a handicap pass! WTF It’s time….”God uses the wisdom of the foolish to confound the wise.” You Kentucky people know that Bible thumper verse, don ‘t ya?



  52. Janna
    1:11 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Yes! Well said, from CC’s owner. It’s also time for the Kentucky big shots, who think their state is the only one who can have a champion horse, to wake up. The tide is turning brothers and sisters. May all the owners who pay millions of dollars for their horses, trainers, bloodstock agents, racing managers, blah..blah…blah, wake UP! The head of the NTRA needs to be replaced….BIG TIME!. No longer should MONEY take the place of the welfare of all these horses. Go CALIFORNIA CHROME!



    • Uh, no
      9:43 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Every horseman knows a good horse can come from anywhere. Northern Dancer was from Canada. I assume you’ve heard of him. If you don’t know that, you know nothing. 16 of the 20 current Leading Sires are standing (or did until their death) in Kentucky, 1 (CC’s sire Lucky Pulpit) stands in CA, the other 2 stand in PA. I would say KY is still holding its own. If you know anything about bloodlines you would know the vast majority of horses in CC’s pedigree came from KY and were very good horses. He has a very interesting inbreeding mix with multiple crosses to the Bold Ruler, Mr. Prospector, and Northern Dancer sire lines and Buckpasser through his brilliant daughter Numbered
      Account. That’s a who’s who of great sires of the last 50 years.



  53. SesamoidBone
    1:13 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    There won’t be any breeding future for this horse. All horses from California are fags!



  54. SesamoidBone
    1:16 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Stick your out of state arrogance up your horse sized ass, Janna!



  55. WLR
    2:33 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    His comment wasn’t directed @ KY. It was directed at Churchill Downs Inc., which, if you’ve been following the sport, are no longer the bastion of horse racing. They are now casino owners and run their operation accordingly. They are tragically out of touch.



  56. Jeff
    3:52 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    My wife is from Kentucky (Dry Ridge). We went there to visit relatives as part if an 18 city
    journey if the US. I must say that the people of Kentucky were the rudest of all
    the stops. We were both shocked. I get what Ca Chrome’s owner said. We laughed
    out loud when he said it! Go Chrome, the average man’s horse! Suck it up CD and
    Kentucky and improve your attitudes!!



  57. David
    3:53 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    New York Times Headline:
    California Chrome Wins Preakness / Steve Coburn Wins Prickness
    Analysts claim that a win was inevitable as the horse comes with a spare ass.



  58. JeffisGay
    4:46 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Jeff? You sound like you are from Ohio. Ass-hat!



  59. BrokenLeg
    4:48 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I hear Bad Karma is running in the Belmont.



  60. Lexington 3
    8:03 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Matt Wheatley, you are an idiot. CDI treats owners and trainers like crap.



  61. Humble Pie
    8:22 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    I’m actually friends of the Coburn family and there is more to the story. Actually, Steve has a right to be a litttle ticked. Not only did the people at CHD act like UofL fans, the 85 year old mom of his partner was spit on and cursed at. Obviously not by CHD employees, but by “Kentuckians”. I’m sure that it was some line-beard that was jacked up on red bull and Crown.



    • Liar
      11:11 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      HumblePie,you are a fat faced LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  62. I always like the story of the “little guy” brings a horse to the Kentucky Derby and wish him the best, not this guy. I dislike him more everytime I see him or hear him speak. Nothing against this horse, and I long for the next Triple Crown winner, but I hope he does not win.



  63. Beef4Cats
    10:11 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Piss poor respect by Churchill toward the elderly. Coburn’s group should take legal action toward CD for discriminating against individuals with disabilities. Here is two hard working blue collar workers that took a chance with a 10,000 investment with a horse. Be very proud for the two partners that chose the catchy slogan that represented their lives as partners.(DAP) Dumb Ass Partners! Not too bad for down to earth men living a dream. Management needs to be replaced at CD I personally hope CA. Chrome wins the triple crown. Be stand up KY. people and call a spade a spade. Churchill Downs showed no class.



    • David
      11:24 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      Sloshing a drink in front of the camera, and using national air time to bash Churchill Downs rather than to thank individuals who’ve helped along the way doesn’t exactly exude class either.

      Hopefully they’ll name their next horse California Redneck and race everywhere in the country EXCEPT KENTUCKY.



    • David
      11:26 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      I must admit however that they were spot on when they chose the name Dumb Ass Partners.



  64. Rebekah
    10:40 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Uh, no…….WTF is that? Anybody can rattle off bloodlines like you just did. You sound like an idiot. Probably don’t even have Thoroughbreds, do you? LOL You probably have a small penis too.



    • Uh, no
      10:57 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

      No, I’m female. No, not just anybody can rattle off bloodlines. I imagine less than 10% of people who read this blog even know what I was talking about. You sound like an uncouth, course backstretch worker who has a giant chip on her shoulder. You probably don’t even know the horses in CC’s pedigree that had huge CA connections including the horse his trainer is famous for exercising, Swaps. You, unfortunately, are what you accused me of sounding like.



  65. Rebekah
    10:44 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    SesamoidBone has small, limp penis too.



    • BrokenSesamoidBoneinBelmont
      11:15 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Rebekah,you can go to the horse barn and cram a horse dick up your ass,DIKE!!!!!!!!!



  66. Ky gal
    8:05 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Now, here’s a better story about the issue. Anyone who has dealt with Churchill Downs top management knows the criticisms are true. Or anyone who has had their Derby box taken away because you don’t have a recognizable name.

    http://www.kentucky.com/2014/05/18/3248071/john-clay-chromes-co-owner-still.html?sp=%2F99%2F322%2F&ihp=1



    • Jimmy P
      7:03 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      I had the pleasure of having exercised a horse that ran in the 1989 Derby, the year Sunday Silence won it, and I and almost everyone I have talked to from the owners, the trainers, and the help that brought these great horses to the race were all saying the same thing!!! How horrible an experience the Derby was for them. The treatment by CD was SHIT for loss of a better word. When we went to Baltimore to run in the Preakness, we to we’re treated like royalty, all of us, and we were 20-1. So I to agree 100% with what Chromes owner said about CD. I am from New York, stabled at Belmont Park, and they too can take a few lessons!!! It’s all about the money, f–k the horses and everyone associated with them. Given the choice down here, Keeneland makes CD look like dog shit. And the only people who can argue the facts, are the ones who have experienced first hand coming in with a Derby horse and getting the full effect, not the people that just go to the frontside as a spectator. NOT THE SAME THING AT ALL!!!