Horse racing: Chrome might skip Belmont if nasal strip is prohibited

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California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Art Sherman made no threat about the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner passing on a chance to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner, but he suggested it is a possibility.

“I’d have to leave it up to the owners,” he said yesterday. “I know they’ll be upset.”

Neither the New York State Gaming Commission nor the New York Racing Association stewards have received a request to use nasal strips in the Belmont on June 7.

Among the gaming commission’s rules governing Belmont Park is one that states: Only equipment specifically approved by the stewards shall be worn or carried by a jockey or a horse in a race.

California Chrome has worn a nasal strip during his six-race winning streak. Other states allow nasal strips while racing, and even some jockeys wear them.

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