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Could a nasal strip rule trip up California Chrome's Triple Crown chances?

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SoCal equestrian heartthrob and triple crown challenger California Chrome could face a problem in his bid to win all three major horse-racing championships: A New York state rule that bars the use of equine nasal strips.  

The L.A. Times reports Sunday that the horse's trainer raised the possibility that California Chrome may not race unless the race allows his horse to wear the adhesive, which is used by human and horse athletes alike to help them breathe during competition. 

California Chrome has won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races. If he wins at New York's Belmont Stakes, he'd be only the 12th Triple Crown winner in horse racing history and the first since 1978.

The Times reported that trainer Art Sherman would be speaking with California Chrome's owners about the issue.

It wasn’t clear how serious Sherman was, and he did say he could not speak for the horse’s co-owners, Steve Coburn and Perry Martin. But he didn’t back away from his comments when pressed.

“It might be an issue,” he said. “I’m not saying it will be.”

You can read the full report at the L.A. Times.

 

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