California Chrome Will Run After All

NY Racing Association OKs colt's nasal strip
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2014 10:47 AM CDT
Alan Sherman, assistant trainer for Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome, displays a nasal strip at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Monday, May 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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(Newser) – California Chrome will indeed make his run—nasal strip and all—to be the first Triple Crown winner in 36 years, reports ESPN. The New York Racing Association said today it would allow the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to also use the strip in the Belmont Stakes, which at a mile and a half is the longest of the three Triple Crown races. Trainer Art Sherman had yesterday indicated the colt might not run if New York refused to allow the colt to wear the strip, which assists breathing. "I think it opens up his air passage and gives him that little extra oomph that he needs, especially going a mile and a half," he said. "Anytime you can have a good air passage, that means a lot for these thoroughbreds." (Read more California Chrome stories.)

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