Breathe easy, California Chrome fans. The New York Racing Association says the horse, coming off his Preakness and Derby wins, will be allowed to wear his nasal strip and race at the Belmont Stakes.
The New York racing group announced Monday morning that California Chrome will be allowed to wear the strip during the June 7 event.
In a release about their decision, the New York Racing Association said they relied on expert analysis.
“I recommend that the stewards at State-based Thoroughbred racetracks discontinue their ban on equine nasal strips. Equine nasal strips do not enhance equine performance nor do they pose a risk to equine health or safety and as such do not need to be regulated,” stated Dr. Scott Palmer, VDM, New York State Gaming Commission Equine Medical Director.
Sunday it was reported California Chrome, based out of Yuba City, may have to skip the third event in the racing world’s Triple Crown series. The horse worse the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes while wearing a nasal strip that reportedly helps improve breathing.
It was reported over the weekend there was a New York rule against using any additional “equipment”, and the New York Racing Association said there would have to be a formal request on California Chrome’s behalf to allow it.
Monday morning, it appears the racing association has given approval.
Nasal strips on a horse work similarly to ones for humans, by keeping airways clear during exercise.
California Chrome is one of only 38 horses who have won the Derby and the Preakness. The Belmont Stakes is the longest of the three races, and only 11 horses have won all three.
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