California Chrome wins Preakness, but nasal strip could threaten Triple Crown bid

California Chrome won the Kentucky Derby and dug deep to win the Preakness on Saturday.  Now the chestnut colt faces the toughest test of all in three weeks, the Belmont Stakes.

California Chrome will attempt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, something that hasn’t been done since Affirmed in 1978.

But trainer Art Sherman says California Chrome might not pursue the Triple Crown if the New York officials don’t allow the colt to wear a nasal strip.

Two year ago, I’ll Have Another was not allowed to wear nasal strips at Belmont Stakes after winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness wearing one.  But the horse was scratched the day before the race because of a leg injury.

“You have to have a very good horse to win these three races,” said Art Sherman, the winning 77-year-old trainer. “I’m hoping I’ve got one right now.”

California Chrome covered the 1 3/16 mile Preakness in 1:54.84, defeating Ride On Curlin by 1.5 lengths.

California Chrome paid $3, $3 and $2.40. Ride On Curlin returned $5.60 and $3.80, while Social Inclusion in third paid $3.40.

General a Rod was fourth, followed by Ring Weekend, Pablo Del Monte, Dynamic Impact, Kid Cruz, Bayern and Ria Antonia.

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