(NEW YORK) — The horse racing world is excited about the possibility of the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978.
However, a rule that only pertains to thoroughbreds in New York state might preclude California Chrome from winning the third jewel of the vaunted Triple Crown.
The three-year-old colt that captured the Preakness Saturday and the Derby a few weeks earlier wears nasal strips to help with his breathing.
However, stewards at New York Racing Association tracks do not allow racehorses to wear them.
As of Sunday, neither the New York State Gaming Commission nor the stewards at Belmont Park had received a request from California Chrome’s owners about being allowed to wear a nasal strip. The race is on June 7.
Trainer Art Sherman raised the possibility that the horse’s owners might skip the Belmont Stakes and give up the chance to win the Triple Crown.
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