Assistant trainer Alan Sherman stands with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome during a walk at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 19, 2014. California Chrome is scheduled to depart Tuesday for Belmont Park, N.Y. The Belmont Stakes horse race takes place June 7. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
NEW YORK (AP) — 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 1½ miles on June 7.