Triple Crown at Stake Over Nasal Strips

    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 17:  California Chrome #3, ridden by Victor Espinoza, races to the finishline to win the 139th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 17, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Molly Riley/Getty Images)

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    California Chrome's Preakness victory celebration may be short-lived. His trainer, Art Sherman, has already announced that the horse may not even compete for the coveted Triple Crown if he is not permitted to wear his nasal strips. Despite Saturday's win at the Preakness, Sherman said California Chrome “might not run if they say you can't run with a nasal strip.” While the other races have allowed the nasal strips, it's unclear whether Belmont will. When I'll Have Another was supposed to go for the Triple Crown in 2012, New York Racing Association tracks did not allow nasal strips for thoroughbreds. I'll Have Another suffered a leg injury before it became an issue, though. “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," said Sherman.

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