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Who is California Chrome?

A freakish athlete, sure, but what makes this horse special is his personality

Updated: June 6, 2014, 11:53 AM ET
By Johnette Howard | ESPNNewYork.com

ELMONT, N.Y. -- If you listen to horsemen during the Triple Crown chase year after year, they talk as if a special racehorse becomes a champion not only because of how fast he runs, but also because of who he is.

So what makes California Chrome a special racehorse and a champion, instead of just a horse with a great backstory? Co-owner Steve Coburn, the Wilford Brimley lookalike in the 10-gallon hat, fingers the trait that all of Chrome's handlers cite: "It's been amazing to watch his personality ...

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