california chrome may 2014

California Chrome is just a victory away from horse racing's first Triple Crown in 36 years! However, trainer Art Sherman says the possibility of that is in doubt now due to nasal strips and how New York handles them when the Belmont Stakes takes place on June 7.

Nasal strips helps the enhance breathing, similar to the nasal strips with humans. Sherman says he's put nasal strips on California Chrome for six straight races to the suggestion of co-owner Perry Martin.

"This guy Perry Martin, he might not run if they say you can't run with a nasal strip. He's very funny about things like that," Sherman said, via USA Today.

"The horse has been on a six (race) winning streak with a nasal strip. I don't know why they would ban you from wearing one. But we'll have to cross that bridge when we get there I guess."

Back in 2012, I'll Have Another was looking to get the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. However, New York wouldn't allow nasal strips. Although they were preparing to do so anyway, I'll Have Another was scratched from the race at Belmont Stakes due to a leg injury.

Per reports, the stewards at the New York Racing Association will not allow nasal strips on thoroughbreds. It's a decision made by the stewards, not the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

"We just put it on because he (Martin) is kind of a guy that likes to test (things)," said Sherman. "He thinks it's really beneficial. … I don't know what the deal is (in New York). I heard about it today.

"All over the country, they let you wear them. Why would New York not?"


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