California Chrome will run in the Belmont Stakes, and he will wear the nasal strips that caused such a furor over the last 36 hours.
Acting with unusual celerity in an industry in which change is seldom enacted easily, the New York State Gaming Commission, which regulates Thoroughbred racing in the state, issued a release announcing that the stewards at Belmont Park had unanimously approved a request by the horse’s trainer Art Sherman to use the nasal strips on his horse. California Chrome wore the strips in winning both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, but until today, they were not permitted for use in New York State.
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Featured image: California Chrome & Victor Espinoza win the 139th Preakness. Photo credit Jerry Dzierwinski/Maryland Jockey Club