California Chrome Owner Gives Weepy Apology

Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome, is real sorry about all the steamin' and hollerin' he's been doing in the days since his horse failed to win the Triple Crown. To prove it, Coburn and his wife went on Good Morning America, where the mustachioed old man wept and apologized the same way a horndog… » 6/09/14 10:26am 6/09/14 10:26am

California Chrome Owner Steve Coburn Is Still Pissed Off

Steve Coburn, one of the owners of California Chrome, was furious about horses being allowed into the Belmont Stakes without racing the previous races in the Triple Crown. He called Tonalist's victory the "coward's way out." A day later, Coburn's still fuming about the loss. » 6/08/14 3:50pm 6/08/14 3:50pm

California Chrome Owner: Tonalist's Win Was The "Coward's Way Out"

California Chrome's owner Steve Coburn was pretty salty following his horse's loss at the Belmont Stakes and a shot at the Triple Crown. The winner, Tonalist, did not run in either the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness and Coburn thinks that's dirty pool. In his post-race interview, where he spends most of his time… » 6/07/14 7:17pm 6/07/14 7:17pm

California Chrome Does Not Win The Triple Crown At Belmont

California Chrome finished tied for fourth at the Belmont and so the Triple Crown eludes another horse. Tonalist is your winner, as California Chrome got off the rail and stuck behind a pack of horses and never seemed to really catch fire. Commissioner and Medal Count came in second and third, respectively. » 6/07/14 7:05pm 6/07/14 7:05pm

Someday Belmont: The Making Of A Race Horse

Originally published in the June 1, 1975, edition of New York Newsday. Reprinted here with the author's permission. For more Nack, check out his classic portrait of Secretariat in Sports Illustrated. » 6/06/14 12:57pm 6/06/14 12:57pm

Miguel Cabrera And Chris Davis Are Chasing History And Each Other

It's July 1, the effective halfway point of the season, so it's time to take notice of what could be the American League's closest and most historic race. Miguel Cabrera has his batting eye on the first ever back-to-back Triple Crowns in baseball history. In his way is Chris Davis, himself right on the pace of a mark… » 7/01/13 9:14am 7/01/13 9:14am

Venezuelan Man Is Good At Baseball, BBC Is Shocked To Report

The BBC headline (above) describes Miguel Cabrera's triple crown in just about the most British way possible. Despite Venezuelans playing in Major League Baseball since 1939, and Venezuela's finishing ahead of the U.S. in the last World Baseball Classic, Cabrera still gets treated like a gold-medaling Jamaican… » 10/04/12 4:20pm 10/04/12 4:20pm

Let's Admire Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown, Before We Put The Triple…

Last night, Miguel Cabrera became the first player since 1967 to win the triple crown: .330 batting average, 44 home runs, 139 RBIs. For a lot of baseball fans, however, the accomplishment didn't mean a whole lot. In those 45 years without a triple crown winner, baseball analysis has gotten much more sophisticated… » 10/04/12 3:05pm 10/04/12 3:05pm

Our Race Horses Are Broken, America

Our horses are sick. Our thoroughbreds are thoroughly inbred. They are locomotives sitting atop toothpicks. They are fragile and friable, designed to run but not to recover from running. And each time they break down or wear out, we chalk it up to an individual horse's shortcomings, rather than the decades-long… » 7/11/12 10:05am 7/11/12 10:05am

I'll Have Another Scratched From Belmont Stakes

There will be no Triple Crown this year, either. Doug O'Neill, the trainer for I'll Have Another, just went on The Dan Patrick Show and declared the horse is "officially out" of tomorrow's Belmont Stakes because of a "little problem with his left front leg." O'Neill also thinks I'll Have Another will not compete again » 6/08/12 11:41am 6/08/12 11:41am

I'll Have Another Barely Escapes Assassin Horse (Shadowy Steinbrenner…

At Belmont Park today, a still-unidentified horse took a gallop at I'll Have Another, just nine days before he makes his run at the Triple Crown. The mysterious horse, possible awoken from a Manchurian Candidate trance by a secret word ("oats"), threw her rider and ran down the track, directly at I'll Have Another,… » 5/31/12 3:35pm 5/31/12 3:35pm

Doug O'Neill, Trainer Of I'll Have Another, Will Be Suspended For…

The California Racing Board has upheld a punishment of Doug O'Neill, trainer for Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another, in connection with an incident in a race nearly two years ago. In that case, Argenta, a horse trained by O'Neill, showed an overly high level of carbon dioxide in its blood. That's often associated… » 5/24/12 7:50pm 5/24/12 7:50pm

I'll Have Another's Trainer Talks Strategy With His Horse, But Quietly,…

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: Doug O'Neill and I'll Have Another have some secrets heading to Belmont. » 5/22/12 6:25pm 5/22/12 6:25pm

I'll Have Another Wins Preakness, Forcing All Of Us To Watch The…

I'll Have Another nosed out a Preakness Stakes victory over Bodemeister with a late surge, ruining plans of a million Americans who'd scheduled something other than watching horse racing on June 9th. » 5/19/12 6:44pm 5/19/12 6:44pm

Murder At The Kentucky Derby [UPDATE]

Unfortunately that is not the name of the next Sue Grafton novel. Word out of Lexington is that a man's body was found in a barn behind Churchill Downs after the running of the first leg of the Triple Crown last night. A spokeswoman for the Louisville police, Alicia Smiley, confirmed that the death has been ruled a… » 5/06/12 12:00pm 5/06/12 12:00pm

Bad Beats, Briefly: A Surefire Way To Lose Money In The Belmont Stakes

Hello, folks. Welcome back to Bad Beats, the column you visit for betting advice and sad tales of gambling woe. Read past Bad Beats here. Got any stories for us? Email us at tips@deadspin.com. Subject: Bad Beats. » 6/11/11 12:45pm 6/11/11 12:45pm

Prepare A Banquet For Kegasus, The New Preakness Centaur Mascot

The Preakness, like all of horse racing, has a problem: no one really gives a shit anymore. It got to the point where Pimlico nearly lost the race. » 3/29/11 4:40pm 3/29/11 4:40pm

The Preakness Promise: You Will Get Hammered On The Infield This Year

After a ban on outside beverages led to a huge drop in attendance last year, officials at Pimlico Racetrack are changing course. Still no outside drinks, but $20 gets you a bottomless mug of beer. This plan has no flaws. » 3/23/10 5:05pm 3/23/10 5:05pm

Live Blog: Belmont Stakes


Can no-longer-Hooters-sponsored Big Brown be the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski Affirmed in 1978? In the 30 years since, 10 horses have been in Big Brown's position, looking for the sweep. With Japanese import Casino Drive gone, what was already being called a certain victory by trainer Rick Dutrow… » 6/07/08 5:15pm 6/07/08 5:15pm