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California Chrome co-owners Perry Martin (left) and Steven Coburn celebrate in the winner’s circle after the 2014 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. (Jamie Rhodes / USA TODAY Sports)

California Chrome took unlikely path to become Kentucky Derby favorite

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Steve Coburn proudly calls himself a working man, and he’ll tell you up front that he was insulted when a rich stable owner offered him millions of dollars for the racehorse who’d eaten cookies from his hand as a gangly 3-month-old.


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