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Steve Coburn Apologizes for Rant After California Chrome's Loss

Dylan Buell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome Monday reined in his disappointment over losing the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown and said he was "very ashamed" and "was wrong" for his post-race rant.

“I need to apologize to the world and America,” Coburn said Monday on ABC's Good Morning America. “I wanted it so much for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America and I was very emotional, very emotional.”

“I sincerely apologize,” he said.

Coburn also apologized to the 2014 Belmont Stakes champion, Tonalist, and his owners for saying they took “the coward’s way out” Saturday by not running both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races, as California Chrome had done leading up to Belmont. Chrome finished a disappointing fourth in the Belmont, losing his bid for the Triple Crown.

“I need to apologize to the winners,” Coburn said. "They ran a beautiful race…I did not mean to take anything away from them.”

“He won the race fair and square,” he said of Tonalist.

The rags to riches story of Coburn and his partner, Perry Martin, in becoming Triple Crown contenders -- they bred California Chrome for just $10,000 -- captured America’s heart as the horse won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The horse was the heavy favorite going into Saturday’s race and would have become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

The Coburns also confirmed that their horse was injured shortly after leaving the gate in Saturday’s race.

“He made contact with another horse and he got stepped on really bad on his right front foot and tore some of the foot away,” Coburn said. “It’s going to take probably 10 days to two weeks to heal him up.”

As Coburn’s horse returns to racing, Coburn as an owner vows he will return a changed man. “It’s a learning process for us and I’m going to do better,” he said. “I promise you I’ll do better.”

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Tonalist Ends California Chrome's Triple Crown Bid by Winning Belmont

Travis Lindquist/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tonalist won the 146th Belmont Stakes, stopping California Chrome from becoming the 12th horse from winning Horse Racing's prestigious Triple Crown.

Tonalist becomes the fifth horse in the last eight years to win the Belmont after not racing in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.

California Chrome finished in a tie for fourth as he becomes the 12th horse since 1978 -- when Affirmed won it -- to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown only to lose the Belmont.

Chrome's jockey Victor Espinoza was in position to win the Triple Crown in 2002 with War Emblem before coming up short in the Belmont.

Commissioner finished in second and Medal Count came in third.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 6/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NHL Stanley Cup Final: Los Angeles Kings 5 - New York Rangers 4   2OT  (Kings lead series, 2-0)

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals 5 (32-31) - Toronto Blue Jays 0 (38-25)

Minnesota Twins 8 (29-31) - Houston Astros 0 (27-36)

Cleveland Indians 8 (31-31) - Texas Rangers 3 (31-31)

Seattle Mariners 7 (32-29) - Tampa Bay Rays 4 (24-39)

Colorado Rockies 5 (29-32) - Los Angeles Dodgers 4 (32-31) 10 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 6 (28-32) - Philadelphia Phillies 5 (25-35)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (37-26) - Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (29-32)

Chicago Cubs 5 (25-34) - Miami Marlins 2 (32-30)

Baltimore Orioles 6 (31-29) - Oakland Athletics 3 (38-24)

Kansas City Royals 8 (30-32) - New York Yankees 4 (31-30)

Detroit Tigers 8 (33-25) - Boston Red Sox 6 (27-34)

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 6 (33-28) - Chicago White Sox 5 (31-32)

San Francisco Giants 5 (41-21) - New York Mets 4 (28-34)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (27-37) - Atlanta Braves 3 (32-28)

San Diego Padres 4 (28-34) - Washington Nationals 3 (31-29) 11 Innings

Horse Racing: Tonalist wins the 146th Belmont Stakes. California Chrome finishes in a tie for 4th.

IndyCar: Ed Carpenter wins the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway

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California Chrome Starts in No. 2 Post at Belmont Stakes

Dylan Buell/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- California Chrome will start from the No. 2 post under Victor Espinoza on Saturday at Belmont Park --  eleven Belmont winners have come out of the No. 2 post.

Chrome is trying to become the 12th Triple Crown winner.

"I thought he looked better now than he did after the Preakness," trainer Art Sherman said. "I couldn’t believe how much weight he put on. Going on the Triple Crown trail, it’s kind of rough. He’s an amazing horse."

"He’s [California Chrome] doing outstanding," asistant trainer Alan Sherman said. "I couldn’t ask for anything more right now. I'm just enjoying the ride he’s put us on."

This will be the third race for the colt in a five-week span.

Chrome's biggest opponent, Wicked Strong will start in the No. 9 post.

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California Chrome's Triple Crown Bid in Jeopardy

Dylan Buell/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- California Chrome's quest for a Triple Crown could come to an end if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip.

Trainer Art Sherman has not pulled the horse out of its chances of becoming the 12th Triple Crown winner and added on Sunday that he would suggest the move of using nasal strips this week.

"I'd have to leave it up to the owners," he said Sunday. "I know they'll be upset."

California Chrome has worn the nasal strip in six straight victories and co-owner Perry Martin wanted to see how the colt would run with them.

"If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards,'' Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park said Sunday.

Sherman trains in California and said that he wasn't aware that it would be an issue at the Belmont Stakes.

"This guy, Perry Martin, he might not run if they say you can't run with a nasal strip. He's very funny about things like that,'' Sherman said. "I don't know why they would ban you from wearing one. We'll have to cross that bridge when we get there.''

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California Chrome Wins the 139th Preakness Stakes

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) --  California Chrome won the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, keeping hopes of a Triple Crown winner alive.

Ride On Curlin and Social Inclusion finished second and third, respectively.  California Chrome covered the 1 3-16th mile course in 1:54.84 with Victor Espionza in the saddle.  He has now won six straight races.

"It's an awesome feeling," Espinoza said.  "Today it was just a crazy race.  I got more tired mentally than physically.  I see another horse go to the front.  I was going to sit second. .. I sit back, as soon as the other horse got clear of me, it worked out perfect."

There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed accomplished the feat in 1978, winning the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont in a five-week span. 

He is the 34th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes all-time, and just the 13th since 1978.

California Chrome will become the 11th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history with a victory at Belmont on June 7.

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Miguel Cabrera Becomes First Player in 45 Years to Win Triple Crown 

Ed Zurga/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY) -- Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera on Wednesday night became the first player since 1967 to win Major League Baseball's Triple Crown.

The Triple Crown, which requires a player to lead his league in batting average, home runs and RBIs, was last accomplished by Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Cabrera finishes the season with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs. He becomes the 14th player in baseball history to achieve the feat, and the ninth player in the American League to do it.

Only Ted Williams and Rogers Hornsby have achieved the Triple Crown twice.

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I'll Have Another Is The Morning Line Favorite At Belmont

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another is the morning line favorite to win this Saturday’s Belmont Stakes at 4-5. He will attempt to become just the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez will guide I’ll Have Another out of the No. 11 post.

“Being in the 11th hole, we are able to kind of see how the pace sets up,” I’ll Have Another trainer Doug O’Neill said. “If they’re crawling, hopefully be leading the crawl and if they are flying we’ll be sitting in behind the horses flying.”

There hasn’t been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed did it back in 1978.

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Kershaw and Dodgers Agree To New Contract

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images)(LOS ANGELES) -- NL Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million, avoiding salary arbitration. He will receive $7.5 million this season and $11 million in 2013. along with a $500,000 salary bonus.

The 23-year-old lefthander went 21-5 last year with a 2.28 ERA and 248 strikeouts, winning the Triple Crown for pitchers.

The Dodgers drafted Kershaw out of Highland Park High School in Dallas with the seventh overall pick in the 2006 MLB draft.

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