All the attention in the horse racing world was on California Chrome yesterday, and today it's one of his owners in the spotlight.
Co-owner Steve Coburn didn't pull any punches after his colt finished in a dead heat for fourth place in the Belmont Stakes.
He expressed dismay that the top three finishers in the race didn't run in the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness.
Coburn said teams not running their horses in all three races are quote "taking the coward's way out."
California Chrome's trainer, Art Sherman, addressed Coburn's comments at Belmont earlier today.
"You know, three races in 5 weeks, that takes it's toll, and I think Mr. Coburn was mad because the horses got a break to be away for 6 weeks and freshening up from their last race, you know what I mean? He says, 'Well, if you want to run in the Triple Crown, you should run in all races like the rest of us,'" Sherman said.
Horse racing hasn't seen a triple crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.