GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- With a win at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes already under his belt, the co-owner of champion horse California Chrome made his way back to his favorite local casino on Wednesday.
Steve Coburn was not a household name until a few weeks ago, when the horse he co-owns, California Chrome, did something that not many horses have done. He won the the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the first two legs of horse racing's Triple Crown.
Now, Coburn is a celebrity in his own right. California Chrome may be a household name, but now, it is Coburn's turn.
"I know we've got quite an exceptional horse here," said Coburn. "He's done things that no other horse has done in a long, long time."
The co-owner of the prize winning horse who is favored to win the Belmont Stakes returned to his home turf to place a wager on his beloved thoroughbred. "This is good for a $1,000 bet on one California Chrome to win the Triple Crown."
Coburn bet $1,000 on California Chrome, and plans to give the winnings to the American Cancer Society, a charity that is close to his heart.
"Well, my sister passed away from cancer when she was 36 years old, and it will be 36 years this year since there was a Triple Crown winner," said Coburn. "And I honestly believe this horse is going to win a Triple Crown. He was born on her birthday, February 18."
After doubling down on his horse to win the Belmont Stakes, Coburn graciously sighed autographs for fans for more than two hours, much to the locals' delight.
"Excited is the word, yes, we're really excited," said Gardnerville resident Sharon Price. "We want him to win."
The race may still be a few days away, but Coburn is confident in California Chrome's ability to take home the Triple Crown, and is ready to let it ride. "All I can say is I want all the horses, and all the jockeys to have a safe, clean, honest trip, and let the chips fall where they may."
The Belmont Stakes will air live on News 4 and NBC Sports on Saturday, June 7.