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California Chrome shows off flashy looks

California Chrome comes from modest breeding, but he inherited some flashiness in the looks department.

His face has a large blaze on it, causing the white nasal strips he wears during races to blend in. He also has four white socks, which some owners and trainers view as a negative.

Steve Cauthen, who rode Affirmed to the last Triple Crown in 1978, compared a horse having white feet to a light-skinned person who may be prone to infections and skin diseases more than someone with darker skin.

“That’s as much why most trainers dislike having so much white,” he said.

Associated Press