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California Chrome Allowed to Wear Breathing Strips at Belmont

Updated: Tuesday, May 20 2014, 02:12 PM EDT

New York race and gaming officials are allowing California Chrome to wear breathing strips during the Belmont Stakes. The Monday deicision ends a Belmont policy prohibiting use of the strips.

California Chrome has worn breathing strips during his last six races. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Champion will compete in the third race of the Triple Crown on June 7.

If he wins at Belmont, California Chrome would be the first horse to win the Triple Crown since "Affirmed" in 1978.

California Chrome Allowed to Wear Breathing Strips at Belmont


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