California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip in Belmont Stakes

California Chrome cleared to wear nasal strip in Belmont Stakes

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The chestnut colt with four white feet will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978.

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Updated Monday, May 19 at 10:14 AM

NEW YORK -- California Chrome can breathe easy—he may wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip he wore while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list.

A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state’s Gaming Commission says three stewards unanimously gave approval.

 

The strip worn by California Chrome during his six-race winning streak is thought to improve airflow through his nostrils. That will come in handy during the Belmont’s grueling 1 ½ miles on June 7.

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