A day after the horse racing world was tossed into the middle of a potential controversy, all seems to have calmed on the eastern front as New York racing officials have made a decision on the nasal strip that may have kept California Chrome from attempting to win the first Triple Crown since 1978.
According to CNBC as well as ESPN, it has been announced that California Chrome will indeed be able to wear the nasal strip he’s worn in wins at the Kentucky Derby and The Preakness and will attempt a Triple Crown clinching in at Belmont in June.
BREAKING NEWS: From New York… California Chrome is allowed to race at @BelmontStakes with nasal strip
— Brent Harris (@BrentCSN) May 19, 2014
BREAKING: NYRA just informed Cal Chrome camp that they CAN use the nasal strip
— Jeannine Edwards (@jeanninee12) May 19, 2014
This is great news for racing fans who wanted to see California Chrome race in the Belmont Stakes and have a chance at the first Triple Crown in over 30 years. It would have been rather anticlimactic to have Claifornia Chrome not race in the Belmont over a nasal strip, but thankfully we won’t have to deal with that as the strip has been approved and California Chrome will race as anticipated.