LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Steve Coburn, co-owner of Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome is living a dream.
California Chrome's sire is Lucky Pulpit out of an eight thousand dollar mare Love the Chase. Three weeks before the birth in February 2011 Coburn dreamed he would have a tremendous colt. "I said, I believe it's going to be a big chestnut colt with (indiscernible)." Coburn and his wife saw the colt the day after he was born. "She walked up to that birthing stall, said, come here, there is your dream. That dream became the dream that we have today. We held onto that dream."
Coburn and his partner Perry Martin were offered big money for California Chrome going into the Derby, $6 million, they said no.
"Yes, we were offered $6 million for 51% of this horse's controlling interest. Would mean they were running under their colors, gone to a new trainer, we would have been out in the background. Probably moved him out of California, which is Los Alamitos, California, which he loves. It wasn't tough for us to say no. We knew within our souls what kind of horse we had because we've seen him grow up. We've seen him achieve these things. "
Coburn became emotional Saturday afternoon The Derby winner was born on his sister's birthday February 18th. She died of cancer at age 36. It'll be 36 years this year since there's been a Triple Crown winner and Coburn said California Chrome will do it.
"I told people this colt will go down in history and if this colt, when he wins the Triple Crown, he will be the first California bred to win the Triple Crown and that's where we're going. This colt is going to fly first class when my wife and I probably fly coach again"