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California Sour Grapes = Poor Sportsmanship Tags: Steve Coburn Triple Crown Tonalist California Chrome


There are so many things wrong with what occurred post race at the Belmont Saturday I don’t even know where to begin. Steve Coburn, one of the owner’s of California Chrome went on a rant that basically dissed the entire process that up until post time he had no problem with…if he did, he never eluded to it, and maybe if he had earlier on there wouldn’t have been nearly the hoopla, but since this all about sour grapes and not sportsmanship or even what the Triple Crown represents I’ll be addressing him directly.


First, Coburn, who had no problem going to the Winner’s Circle and collecting his trophy on Derby Day, said nothing about the process and point system and made no bones about the Preakness and going up to Maryland to run and continue on the Triple Crown quest….he won there, said nothing post-race about it then. During the media blitz this guy was everywhere and he made sure he got his 15 minutes and then some. In thoroughbred racing this is not the behavior you see from owners or trainers. You’ll never see the likes of a Bob Baffert or Todd Pletcher going off on rants, if they’re asked questions the reporter’s know that these guys only discuss the condition of their horse and the field he’s up against or track conditions. This is a gentleman’s sport in a world where being a gentleman isn’t necessarily something that goes hand and hand with SPORT…but once you experience the track, and I’m not talking about the betting window and watching the race, I’m talking about what actually goes into prepping and training a thoroughbred to race, you’d understand why it’s taboo to piss on the “hoofs’ or the boot’s of those involved.


Coburn, who is obviously an outsider to the sport doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand that the desire of the “casual fan” to get a Triple Crown winner is not the same as those who really enjoy or are involved in the sport. How many of you aside from these three races ever go to the track? How many of those folks tuning in ever bet on a horse or would have even watched the Belmont had there not been a Triple Crown contender? Owners and trainers know and always have known this was the process, it’s always been this way, nothing has changed, same rules, same tracks etc. What Coburn also needs to understand is, yeah, he may never see another Tripe Crown winner in his life time, this is where “If it was easy, everyone would be doing it” comes in. Maybe what Coburn should do is watch Secretariat’s run at Belmont, maybe then he’d understand, winning the Triple Crown is all about one thing…being that one bred champion that’s better than any of the rest, and winning those three races, with the Mammoth BELMONT at a mile and half being the last is what makes that horse special. Is it a grueling schedule, yes, but it’s not like it can’t be done, we know it has…unfortunately since Affirmed did it in 1978 no one else has been able to handle Belmont, but it has nothing to do with the process or horses ONLY running in the final leg…that didn’t bother Affirmed or Secretariat.  I don’t care how much time these guys that own Chrome spent on their breeding research, all the research in the world doesn’t guarantee a champion…if that was the case and say me and Stevie D were loaded, we’d be out getting ever foal there was who had Secretariat bloodlines. It’s a factor, but it’s no guarantee you’ll be going to the Winner’s Circle…there’s so much more to it than that.

Here's Secretariat...Watch this race, he ran the same three, in the same timeframe...this is what being a Super Horse is all about and why there's only been 11 of them. 


I watched that race and then watched that appalling interview on TV with Steve on the phone and both of us afterwards couldn’t even remember what he said entirely, we both literally were speechless. What I found even more appalling was what he said today, and it wasn’t the apology I was waiting for after a night of cooling off and regaining some perspective…this is how the guy genuinely feels and that’s why you won’t ever see him in another Triple Crown event again. Comparing the Triple Crown format to that of a healthy guy playing basketball with a kid in a wheel chair…he may say that’s the same thing but he couldn’t be further off the mark…personally I think he needs to have a urine test.


Since Sir Barton won in 1919 there have only been 11 Triple Crown winners…that’s in the last 95 years. There have been 22 near misses where horses won the Derby and the Preakness but failed at Belmont. So no, it’s not easy which just shows that Coburn looks even more the fool. He joined a fraternity of horsemen to compete by the rules everyone else has always played by, he lost but now the whole racing world has to change it because of Twitter, Facebook and everyone’s desire to have it NOW? I think not! Any reporter, and there’s been more than a few who asked, Should they change it?, has no frickin’ clue what they’re talking about. Why does it have to change? Wouldn’t it be LESS special if it was run once a month over 3 months just to appease those who aren’t happy with waiting? If that’s the case and they changed it to appease the naysayers and Californians that are whining over this loss then I’ll say this…every horse that were to win your format gets a nice big ASTERISK next to your name in the record books because you too would be COWARDS if you’re playing by the rules Coburn wants to implement.

Another scenario that needs to be addressed, if Coburn’s idea that the 20 horses that qualified for the Derby were the only one’s to be allowed to race for the Triple Crown, but one or two of those horses came up limp and the trainers opted to hold them out of the Preakness would they be able to run in the Belmont? See where I’m going? They’d have the same…but they qualified.  So now what do you do? Another – New Rule?


The bottom line is this…California Chrome is good, no doubt about it, but if he’s that good and according to Coburn today, he’s got the best horse in America and technically he does, will he be going to Saratoga in August to run in the Travers? Ya know, go back to New York where his heart and ego were broken and go up against Tonalist or will he stay out west and hold off for the Breeder’s Cup? Steve thinks he won’t run the Travers, I say, he needs to put up or shut up! If he goes to the Breeder’s and gets beat, then you’ll have seen the last of Coburn and Company anyway and good riddance…they’re pariahs now in the world of racing and they need to go bury their heads in the turf at Santa Anita. unfortuantely for the other's involved in Chrome's ownership they'll be lumped in as being known as "those guys"!


Maybe if Coburn had not said anything until he had at least checked on his horse only to find out Chrome tore his hoof coming out of the gate and still ran a helluva a race, that might have been the difference between him being utterly stupid on national television, instead of just walking away gracefully and shaking the hand of the owner of Tonalist that any other owner, jockey and trainer would have done. 

Glitch Update 6/3 Tags: Spruz glitches

Okay Gabbers, here's the update on the cursor issue. You may have noticed the spell check is now turned off...and from some of the typos I've read, I take it you're all not aware of it... 

This shutting down the auto-correct fixed the problem the best we can tell, the only problem it leaves is, turning it back on will make the problem return. When I asked why we couldn't get this resolved now that we have it narrowed down to the cause I was told the editor we use is from a third party and they would need to provide an update that will fix it. My next question was this...if we are having this issue and you're telling me that others have but it's not that many why not just contact the 3rd party and tell them to fix the glitch. It's obvious from the reply that this is about money. They told me there was a small number of other sites dealing with this...personally I don't believe that and that they are just being tight asses. 

The best I can do for now is suggest you be very careful when typing your comments and for blogs just use Word and then paste it into the editor...this way you'll able to use the Word spell check for your posts and know that at the very least you've spelled everything correctly. I use it all the time anyway...too many times I have been bitten by the time out bug or made an error where I lost all I've written and had to start over...let's face it...that just sucks! 

I wish I had better news....Tim and I are currently working on some things and will keep you updated as we go along. In the meantime, I'll continue to check with the server complany and see when it's going to be updated and turned back on...I get the feeling if I don't stay on top of it we won't get it back, so hounding them will be my next order of business. 

Gabbers- PLEASE READ!!!! 6/2 Tags: Spruz Glitches

Okay folks...we may have this cursor issue pinned down. Have any of you had any issues with typing since you got on the site this morning? The fix was implemented around midnight EST so anytime after that is when you should have noticed a difference. I am currently NOT experiencing this problem, but had it happen to me about 5 times trying to type a sentnce on IHM's post and I took screenshots of all of them and submitted them to support so they could see what it was doing. 

If you have had a cursor jump, does it do it when you are typing the first sentnence and the cursor is at the halfway point of the editor? (about where the box for SIZE Is located) I ask that because that's where I see it happening 99% of the time. 

I need details of exactly what's happening if it's still ocurring, if it's not and you reported to me you had a problem PLEASE tell me in the comment section. I've spent a lot of time on this over the weekend and I'm trying to help you all out and get this glitch fixed, but I need feedback!!! 


Gabbers...Need Some Help Tags: Glitches Spruz

Folks...we really need some help from you all that are experiencing problems. We need screenshots so we can show tech support what's occurring. If you're getting coding below the comment bx then we need a shot of it, or if the cursor is typing over a previous sentence we need that too. 

If you don't know how to take a screen shot he's a link to show you on may have yo Google your specific Windows version to snapshot, but it's easy too do and then you can just upload it from your files to an email to the Gab email on the left. We'll do the rest.



Hey Gabbers! 

Aa you all know by now we've had some timing out issues along with some cursors hopping around on sentences that you've ready typed. After I first heard about it I started gong into ever blog looking to see if I could reproduce it. I know Jeff had been running into numerous issues of one kind or another but it really had nothing to do with what we're dealing with now. At first, I was being timed out, but at the end of last week I had the cursor bouncing all over on me. The next time I dealt with any of this was when I posted the blog the other day where I said in caps for Gabbers Please Read...I type that one two or three times. My post on Friday last week had time out  twice, but since I use an newer iMac version I only needed to backspace and the post was still in the editor so I lucked out there. I will now just write in Word and copy and paste it to avoid the chance, but I took a snapshot per the request of the server techs and this was after I had sent a lengthy message describing every issue I knew about  (I couldn't help but get the feeling they thought I was making this shit I write this I've been time out twice)  and as they sent fixes I did them but still have had problems. 

If you're experiencing the cursor jumping around on and typing over sentences, then clear your entire cache, then restart your computer and try to comment again and see if  that eliminates  the problem. As for the timing out, not many of you have had that problem but if you do tro to snapshot the page with the pop up that says the SSRV has time out, snapshot it and email it to me the Gab email on the homepage, you can upload on the eaiml and then I can submit tto the server techs, same thing foe for anything that gets typed over.

Regardless of the issue tell me what it is, how long it's' been on and any proof you can proved, even if it's just a description in the comment section below. 

Thanks for your patience and    and all the help... hopefully we're close to getting this all resolve shortly. 

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