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Churchill responds to criticism from California Chrome co-owners

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Churchill Downs released a statement addressing comments made by California Chrome co-owners, Steve and Carolyn Coburn, indicating that the Coburns were not happy with their experience at the Kentucky Derby.

John Asher, Churchill Downs Vice President of Racing Communications, said:

"We're disappointed the overall experience for the owners of California Chrome apparently did not measure up to the stellar performance of their horse in the Kentucky Derby. We have an excellent and veteran team of volunteers from throughout our community that serve as official Kentucky Derby hosts and they work tirelessly to communicate with owners and trainers and to help guide them through the Kentucky Derby Week experience.  Our team worked to satisfy the California Chrome team's needs when they were communicated to us and regret that their experience at Churchill Downs appears to have fallen short of expectations.  We would certainly look forward to discussing with them any issues stemming from their Derby experience, and wish California Chrome and his team to best in their pursuit of the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes."

In an article published May 17, The New York Times reported that Carolyn Coburn does not think Churchill did enough to assist co-owner Perry Martin's mother, Katherine Martin, who is in a wheelchair, in getting to her seat.

Following California Chrome's victory at the Preakness, Steve Coburn thanked the people of Baltimore for their hospitality and said, "Churchill, you need to take a lesson on this. You really, really do."

The Times reported that Coburn expanded on his comments later, saying "It was a bad day for my partner and his family."

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