California Chrome allowed to wear nasal strip at Belmont Stakes

The 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip during the Belmont Stakes.

New York Racing Association steward Steve Lewandowski told ESPN’s Jeannine Edwards on Monday that California Chrome has been approved to wear the nasal strip during the 1½-mile race.

California Chrome will now have a chance to become the sport’s 12th Triple Crown winner on June 7.

Trainer Art Sherman said after the Preakness that California Chrome might not run in the Belmont Stakes if the New York officials don’t allow the colt to wear a nasal strip.

California Chrome has worn a nasal strip during his current six-race winning streak.

“I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half,” Sherman said. “Anytime you can have a good air passage, that means a lot for these thoroughbreds.”

California Chrome is trying to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

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