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California Chrome Cleared to Wear Nasal Strip at Belmont Stakes

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    California Chrome, ridden by jockey Victor Espinoza, wins the 139th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 17, 2014, in Baltimore.

    California Chrome will be allowed to wear a nasal strip when the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes competes in the third leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes next month.

    Stewards for the New York State Racing Association approved Monday the use of a nasal strip for California Chrome, NBC Sports reported. 

    Trainer Art Sherman suggested earlier that California Chrome might forgo a chance at the Triple Crown if officials would not allow the strip at Belmont. He said it helps the colt breathe.

    California Chrome will attempt to be the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.

    The 146th Belmont Stakes will take place on June 7 and will be broadcast live on NBC and streamed on NBC Sports Live Extra.