GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) - In a matter of minutes high hopes turned into disappointment, disbelief, and despair at Hamdogs, Steve Coburn’s favorite restaurant. He eats there nearly every day and regulars there feel like a part of the California Chrome family. The horse’s pictures adorn the walls like family photos.
Local supporters reacted to the outcome of the Belmont Stakes, where California Chrome came short one jewel for the coveted Triple Crown.
"They had such great plans and goals and hopes and dreams tied in this race like all of us, and we're all disappointed,” says Linda R. of Gardnerville.
"It's unfair. I agree. It’s too bad,” says Chris Daphne.
Despite the loss, California Chrome’s hometown fans see all the good that was brought to this hard working community.
"That is an amazing animal and for somebody to come from where they did and actually have this opportunity. I mean, look at where they are now,” exclaims Megan Barker.
And though California Chrome was not a winners at the Belmont stakes, he’s a winner in their book.
"Everyone's hopes were high and obviously everyone wanted him to win,” says Dustin Miller, Hamdogs co-owner. “At the end of the day I still think he is a winner and the Coburns are also winners.“
Mills says it's been an honor to witness the Coburns’ journey as they accomplished what few have accomplished in horse racing.
"Gardnerville is a working community. So I think it gives a lot of people hope that a family like the Coburns, who are hardworking and honest, can make it. "