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California Chrome Cleared To Wear Nasal Strip

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Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome to the finish line to win the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK — California Chrome can breathe easy — he may wear a nasal strip when he goes for the Triple Crown in the Belmont Stakes.

Belmont Park stewards cleared the horse Monday to use the strip he wore while winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

New York tracks have a rule prohibiting any equipment not specifically approved by stewards, and nasal strips were not on the list.

A statement from the New York Racing Association and the state’s Gaming Commission says three stewards unanimously gave approval.

The strip worn by California Chrome during his six-race winning streak is thought to improve airflow through his nostrils. That will come in handy during the Belmont’s grueling 1½ miles on June 7.

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