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Decision: California Chrome will be allowed to wear nasal strips for Belmont

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- California Chrome will be allowed to wear nasal adhesives for the third leg of the Triple Crown.

The New York Racing Association confirmed to WDRB its ruling that the Derby and Preakness winner can wear the strips, paving the way for a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 36 years.

[READ THE NYRA STATEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY]

California Chrome wore the nasal strips in his first two victories and has won six in a row since he started wearing the adhesives. The colt's trainer, Art Sherman, had expressed concern about running at the Belmont when he learned that the track had been denying requests for horses to use the strips for several years.

New York state racing regulations don't prohibit the use of the strips, which are similar to those worn sometimes by human athletes, but leave their use in the hands of state racing officials, who have denied their use over the past several years.

If California Chrome wins the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York on June 7, it would be the first time a horse has won all three legs of the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

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