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California Chrome Cleared to Wear Nasal Strip

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California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races to the finish line enroute to winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore. (Photo: Getty) California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races to the finish line enroute to winning the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore. (Photo: Getty)
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.


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