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New York Allows Nasal Strips For Chrome's Triple Crown Bid
Trainer Art Sherman's lodgement of a formal request with New York Racing Association stewards for permission to race Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome with a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes on 7 June, has been approved, reports thoroughbreddailynews.com. The decision by the NYRA is pivotal as it clears the way for all horses in the state to henceforth use nasal strips. New York was the only state in the United States that did not allow thoroughbred horses to wear nasal strips. The racing regulator's decision could prove to be a critical one as California Chrome has worn a nasal strip, which asists a horse's breathing by opening the nasal passages, at his past six outings. The Lucky Pulpit colt now has a shot to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and Sherman is understandably not keen to make any changes to a winning formula. "To me, I think it helps," Sherman said. "(But) it's not going to move him up five or six lengths. It's a breathing thing. He'd probably be OK, but you hate to change things." Like California Chrome, I'll Have Another also wore nasal strips and was preparing for a tilt at the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. It became a moot point when the colt was scratched a day before the race.