Chrome allowed to race with nasal strips in Belmont Stakes

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SAN DIEGO — Racehorse California Chrome will be allowed to use a nasal strip while racing in the June 7 Belmont Stakes, New York racing officials decided Monday.

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California Chrome with jockey Victor Espinoza wins the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014. (Getty Images)

The decision keeps alive the 3-year-old’s bid to win horse racing’s Triple Crown after winning the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby.

California Chrome has used a nasal strip during his six-race winning streak, but the state of New York does not usually allow horses to use those strips. Monday, they approved a request by Chrome’s co-owner, Perry Martin, to allow the horse to use the strips in the Belmont Stakes.